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"What is here, then? Within the above caveats, most major, many minor, and some obscure books dealing in some fashion with intelligence matters are listed. As often as possible, these are accompanied by comments or reviews from myself, Alec Chambers, published reviews, bibliographers, authors who have chosen to comment on other writers' works, or some other source.
Almost every article published in both of the academically oriented intelligence journals, Intelligence and National Security and International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, is at least listed, and many of these listings include substantive or other comments based on my or someone else's reading of the article. Listed articles from a substantial number of other intelligence or national security-oriented journals, magazines, newsletters, and the like also often will carry notations as to content or thrust, as will news and commentary items gleaned from the major U.S. newspapers or other media, including the Internet. The source of comments and reviews is clearly indicated in all instances."