Saturday, April 03, 2010

Book Review: Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers



Book: Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers

About: Javers presents a glimpse at the clandestine world of corporate spying. He presents a history of the investigation field, interviews current and former spies, profiles a few intelligence agencies and provides real-world stories of corporate spying.

Pros: Very interesting look into a world I barely knew existed. Presents a few tricky tactics corporate spies use, such as making fake Monster.com ads and conducting fake job interviews in order talk to employees looking to leave the company that's being spied on. Another tactic is to tell the company that they are a documentary crew working on a film and go into the company headquarters and film all they can in the guise of making a documentary. Sources cited.

Cons: Since spies are usually required to be closed mouth, one can only wonder what other stuff goes on in the espionage world that Javers' contacts wouldn't reveal. Javers' call for more openness in the field in the final chapter seems to come out of nowhere.

Grade: B

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