11/28/2007 - In early September, four men in suburban Carácas disguised themselves as police officers and kidnapped the mother of Ugueth Urbina, a baseball pitcher from Venezuela who plays for the Detroit Tigers. The outcome of the incident was unknown at press time. That's just one example of how, in the globalizing marketplace, corporate executives and other high-profile personnel and their families are at constant risk of abduction.
11/13/2007 - Author Steve Coll's reporting is exemplary. Information comes from a range of respected and noted intelligence officers who served in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation or the rise of the Taliban. Coll details such topics as command of the Northern Alliance and the plan to target Tarnak Farm, where Osama bin Laden stayed with his family. Coll also paints a thorough picture of CIA and State Department achievements and setbacks in the region.
11/08/2007 - Information from interviews is presented as Q&A, then discussed. The author interviews an Israeli CEO, for example, then discusses the main points. A summary follows. The book proceeds like this through three sectors: hotel/tourism, high technology, and transportation.
11/02/2007 - The German Enigma Cipher Machine is the story of one of the most notable pieces of security hardware ever made, an encoding device that looked like a small typewriter. The Germans used it, primarily during World War II, to send confidential communications. In their hubris, the Germans believed that the Enigma was utterly unbreakable and refused to believe otherwise even when their communiqués were being compromised. The Allied Powers were able to break the code after they acquired an Enigma machine and brought together a team of analysts from diverse countries to tease out its secrets.