Private Spies: The Secret World of Industrial Espionage by the late British author Ronald Payne, a journalist who was a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and considered a world authority on espionage and terrorism topics, is his vintage history and then-current affairs topical analysis of industrial spying, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1967 by Arthur Barker.
The book was a contemporary hot topic exploration (circa the 1960s), focusing primarily on then-recent case examples of industrial espionage, but also referring back to its roots among the historical attempts to uncover trade secrets of old silk and pottery industries, with some speculation and suggestions about methods, motivating rationale, prevention, and deterrence.
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Spying can be a profitable and disruptive business…
Espionage isn’t just limited to the fictional world of James Bond, or even the more real worlds of MI5 or the Pentagon.
Ronald Payne details the world of Private Spies – men and women who sell and buy company secrets.
Just as real and as serious as their more romanticised Government counterparts, Payne details their history, motivations and even resources.
From looking at the earliest known stories of private spying, in the silk and pottery industries of old.
To the stories of individual spies in modern industries, such as arms and even pharmaceutical companies.
Payne shows that far from morally bankrupt, the reasons many private spies “enter” the business, are often more complicated, human and tangible.
Even if of course, their actions are downright unethical, immoral or of course, illegal. And the consequences they wreak are often just as harmful as any leaked state secrets.
Sometimes, they even overlap on an international scale.
But how do you stop such spies who rarely answer to any higher authority?
How can you prevent spies stealing patents and ideas, without enacting Orwellian levels of security?
And what of the private spies that get away? How can measures be improved to curb and indict these spies?
Through his stories, Payne debates these points and more as he unveils a world murkier than any kind of James Bond story could imagine. Though written in the sixties, Payne’s assessment of the world of private spying is still relevant today.
And in some cases, rather prophetic…