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Espionage is the practice of obtaining secrets (spying) from rivals or enemies for military, political, or economic advantage. It is usually thought of as part of an institutional effort (i.e., governmental or corporate intelligence). The definition has been restricted to a state spying on potential or actual enemies, primarily for military purposes, but this has been extended to spying involving corporations, known specifically as industrial espionage. Many nations routinely spy on both their enemies, and allies, although they maintain a policy of not making comment on this. Black's Law Dictionary (1990) defines espionage as: "...gathering, transmitting, or losing...information related to the national defense." --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Espionage [Nov 2005]

Eric Ambler (1909 - 1998)

Eric Ambler (28 June 1909 - 22 October 1998) was an influential English writer who essentially invented the modern spy novel. Born in London England, Ambler also used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. His family were entertainers, putting on a type of puppet show, with which he helped. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Ambler [Dec 2005]

Spy fiction or political thriller

The spy fiction genre (sometimes called political thriller) arose before the World War I, at about the same time that the first modern intelligence agencies were being formed. Since its inception, the spy genre has usually enjoyed great popular success, although in the years following the end of the Cold War (the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989) readership waned. The 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States reversed that trend, reigniting readers' interest in the world at large. Seldom has this literary genre met with much critical acclaim, although there have been remarkably literate and politically insightful books published in it. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spy_fiction [Dec 2005]

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