Intelligence Literature Suggested Reading List (CIA) – https://www.cia.gov/library/intelligence-literature/index.html
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- Where can I find spy biographies?
- What can I find perspectives on the relationship between analysis and policy?
- Where can I learn more about spy satellites?
If you want to immerse yourself in intelligence reading so your character can be a more believable spy, why not learn from pros? This CIA annotated reading list offers works in the following areas:
- World War II & Before
- CIA & OSS History
- Biographies & Memoirs (CIA Careers)
- Women in Intelligence
- Operations: Counterintelligence (CI)
- Operations: Covert Action (CA)
- War on Terrorism
- General Interest
If a book is available from the CIA’s website, it will be linked. For the other titles, I would suggest searching worldcat.org to locate a copy. You might need to use interlibrary loan if the item is not available at your local library.
One book from the “Women in Intelligence” section really called out to me as a potential source of material:
A Life In Secrets: The Story of Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm London: Little Brown, 2005 – In the “man’s world” of WWII European intelligence, Atkins rose quickly to a key position in Britain’s Special; Operations Executive (SOE) selecting agents and sending them to Europe. After the war she went searching for those who hadn’t returned. This book tells her story. – Find in a library.