2003 Harris (US) Beautiful Minds (Ralph Peters, Maverick Analyst)

Analysis, Articles & Chapters, Historic Contributions
Ralph Peters
Ralph Peters

Ralph Peters stands out in Phi Beta Iota’s tag cloud because among the 2000 or so authors represented here, he has both multiple non-fictions books to his name that we have reviewed, and he has given provocative presentations on more than one occasion to the multinational public intelligence audience that we began nurturing in 1992.  Below by Shane Harris is both a PDF for retension assurance, and at the logo, the original online article from Government Executive.

Shane Harris
Shane Harris
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Online Source

Review: Red Dragon (Fiction)

5 Star, Biography & Memoirs, Justice (Failure, Reform)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Insights into Law Enforcement Methods, Broken Minds,

September 21, 2002
Thomas Harris

This author has joined Robin Cooke (the medical disaster novels) as my other “must read” fiction author.

The homework he has done, and the manner in which this book teaches us what absolutely astonishing things can be done by a combination of good street work (don’t screw up the site) and good lab work (truly impressive means of making connections, such as classifying the precise brand of gasoline or cleanser based on residual aromatics) just held me spell-bound.

On the darker side, the manner in which he connected childhood abuse and neglect to split personalities and demonic self-concepts that thrived on killing animals and then people, can only cause one of reflect on how many times thoughtless actions by families as well as social workers might have unintended consequences.

The brief love story between a blind woman and the antagonist, who considered himself disfigured, is very well integrated into the plot and adds real value.

Super book, highly recommended.

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Review: Enigma

5 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Communicates the Challenges, Captures the Thrill,

October 22, 2001
Robert Harris
For captivating true life signals intelligence there are several books one can go to, including those by James Bamford on the American system (Puzzle Palace, Body of Secrets) but for really getting into the enormity of the challenges and the thrill of the individual code-breakers when they succeeded, this is the book I recommend.

It completely ignores the enormous contributions made by the Poles (who gave the English two Enigma machines at the beginning of the war) as well as the heroic deeds of Tommy Brown (youngest George Medal winner at 16, survived with code materials taken from a sinking German ship), but I have found no better novel to communicate the absolute goose-bump emotional roller-coaster that the Bletchley Park gang experienced.

If anything, this novel convey a human side to code-breaking that offsets the modern-day obsession with massive computers.
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