These cases are ostensibly gleaned from the files of the F.B.I., the State Department and the Counter-Intelligence Corps and they are cursory examples of our boys in action somewhat early on in the Age of Intrigue, it's doubtful that ""Mr. Bold"" (who openly contacted ""sensitive"" personnel, bluntly stating that he needed classified information) could operate so ingenuously today. There are instances of Russian defectors threatened and beseeched by ex-comrades; there's the time the Reds had access to the closed councils of the Joint Chiefs of Staff through Colonel Whalen, a mild-mannered sellout. There are several instances of Russians making propositions only to have our conscientious heroes trot them up the garden path in the best of the counter-spy traditions. Then of course there was the Whittaker Chambers-Alger Hiss scandal. ""The F.B.I. in Peace and War"" and it does read like segments of that old program.