Surprisingly little over-lapping with The Story of Secret Service, that very complete history of espionage by Richard Wilmer Rowan (Doubleday, Doran, 1937). Herein a journalist sets down in fast-paced, casual, (particularly as to organization and occasionally grammar) manner stories and aspects of modern espionage -- beginning with a portrait of the spy and giving actual cases, Debunks the conception that the spy is a glamorous, romantic daredevil; three famous spies and their stories; international spies; spy schools; lone adventures; political espionage; the murder clubs all over the world, important terrorists and assassinations; the spy system as related to munitions and chemicals. Includes all nations save America. Personal acquaintances with many of the spies talked about, sensational anecdotal material years that are good reading. Query authenticity -- but that doesn't detract from an evening of adventure.