Naval War College Review


Jerome J. Burke


Contrary to the popular notions of spy- ing as conveyed in novels and films, es- pionage is a difficult and frequently dangerous business. Although everyone does it, some nations are just better at it. In this work, Peter A. Huchthausen and Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix offer a series of accounts of naval espionage after World War II. While this reviewer cannot attest to the bona fides of Sheldon-Duplaix, I do know that Huchthausen was the con- summate insider in naval intelligence, having had a diverse career during which he always seemed to be in the middle of the action. His specialty was in human-source intelligence, with a primary focus on the Soviet Union and its navy. Sadly, Peter died in July 2008, before the formal release of this book, so it seems somewhat unfair to critique his work.