The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0612 Friday, 1 April 2005
Date: Thursday, 31 Mar 2005 14:48:54 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare for Spies!
While doing some searching for a patron (I work for the U.S. Department
of Defense) I came across the following interesting citation:
Shakespeare for Analysts: Literature and Intelligence. - Occasional
Paper No. 10.
Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, MD.
NTIS Order Number: PB2004-100008
Page Count: 76 pages
Date: Jul 2003
Author: J. White
This paper is an argument and a suggestion. The argument is that what
Shakespeare had to say about human behavior in the political and
leadership realms is worth reading and hearing today. The suggestion is
that analysts concerned with understanding the behavior of important
individuals-leaders, commanders, supporters, family members, enemies,
rivals, inner circle members, opposition figures-should do so. The
author contends that Shakespeare should be part of the canon of
intelligence literature, a fundamental addition to the works that
intelligence professionals read.
Given the source, I thought this might be unfamiliar to most of the list
members. I cannot comment on the quality of the writing or ideas. The
one brief review I found was from an intelligence expert who was not
impressed by the premise, but was not dealing with it from a literary angle.
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