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"Snitch! is a concise and fluent reminder that, for all the publicity about increasing technical surveillance, informers were not just the first way by which states sought security information but are now re-emphasised as a critical feature of countering terrorism. Through examining famous cases and general aspects of the recruitment and use of informers, Steve Hewitt has provided an excellent survey of their utility for 'authorities' and the personal and social costs entailed." —Peter Gill, University of Liverpool


Fascinating, original and carefully researched, 'Snitch!' is an intelligent and superbly readable book on a subject that could not be more timely. —Richard J. Aldrich, Professor of International Security, University of Warwick



"A UK expert on security and intelligence contributes to the little existing scholarship on informers with a survey that provides social and historical context on those who supply information to government agencies on intelligence matters rather than crime. From case studies of famous informers (e.g., Ronald Reagan), informer states, and the use of informers in the current 'war on terror,' Hewitt concludes that snitching is a state activity to be feared because of the existing lack of limitations and transparency." -Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.



'This important study aims at a 'broad, international and accessible survey' that places informers in the context of their times and places.'
(Contemporary Review)

"Snitch! is a concise and fluent reminder that, for all the publicity about increasing technical surveillance, informers were not just the first way by which states sought security information but are now re-emphasised as a critical feature of countering terrorism. Through examining famous cases and general aspects of the recruitment and use of informers, Steve Hewitt has provided an excellent survey of their utility for 'authorities’ and the personal and social costs entailed." —Peter Gill, University of Liverpool


'This important study aims at a 'broad, international and accessible survey’ that places informers in the context of their times and places.’
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Dr Steve Hewitt isan expert on security and intelligence and Senior Lecturer in the Department of American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham. Among the courses he teaches are a history of American intelligence, including the Central Intelligence Agency. Steve Hewitt regularly appears on television and radio commenting on issues of terrorism and security.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars Aug. 24 2014
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Well presented overview - predominantly on the use of informants in counter terrorism
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4.0 out of 5 stars Has America Lost Control ????? June 9 2013
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Have we become a country not unlike the Cold War countries of the pass, USSR, East Germany?
Citizen vs Citizen in order to maintain a balance life style. Mr. Hewitt present a questionable picture of our future. Recent attacks on media by government officials in the Justice Department bring more questions to the table, has the citizens of this country finally lost control.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Expected May 5 2011
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This is not another compendium of rehashed centuries-old spy, rat and tout tales. It is a well-researched and engagingly written survey of source operations in intelligence and law enforcement. What is even more refreshing is that the book is relevant to 21st Century operations. Rather than relying on training manual definitions and trite examples from the ancient world or 19th Century wars, the author exploits engaging case studies to highlight modern practices. A great, practical addition to the typically hit-and-miss tradition of intrigue books.
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