Today’s global economy has a dark underbelly: the world of corporate espionage. Using cutting-edge technology, age-old techniques of deceit and manipulation and sheer talent, spies act as the hidden puppeteers of globalized business. They control markets, determine prices, influence corporate decisions and manage the flow of data and information of some of the world’s biggest corporations. In his gripping and alarming book, Eamon Javers takes the reader inside this hidden global industry. Readers meet with spies who conduct surveillance operations, satellite analysts who peer down on corporate targets from the skies, veteran CIA officers who work for hedge funds and even a Soviet military intelligence officer who now sells his services to American companies.
This globalized industry is not a recent phenomenon, but rather a continuation of a fascinating history. The story begins with Allan Pinkerton, the nation’s first true “private eye” and extends through the annals of a rich history that includes tycoons and playboys, presidents and FBI operatives, CEOs and accountants, Cold War veterans and military personnel. Build on exclusive reporting and unprecedented access, this book features accounts of Howard Hughes’s private CIA, the extensive spying that took place in a battle between two global food companies and interviews with some of the world’s top corporate surveillance experts.
Hardcover, 306 pages
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: Code Name: Yucca
Chapter 2: A High and Honorable Calling
Chapter 3: For the Money
Chapter 4: The Man Is Gone
Chapter 5: Thug Busters
Chapter 6: The Chocolate War
Chapter 7: Tactical Behavior Assessment
Chapter 8: The Eddie Murphy Strategy
Chapter 9: Nick No-Name
Chapter 10: They're All Kind of Crazy
Chapter 11: Is This a Great Country, or What?
Epilogue: In from the Cold