David Hebditch is an award-winning author and documentary film-maker. His first book for the general reader was about the smuggling of sensitive western technology to the Soviet Union (Techno-Bandits, 1983). In 2001 he produced and directed Allies and Lies, an investigation into covert operations in Bosnia, for BBC2. From 2003 he worked for NRK Television, Norway, on Stealing History about the looting of antiquities from war zones. Subsequently David and Ola Flyum won the 2005 Skup (Scoop) and ICIJ awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. Between 2006 and 2016 he was involved in the production of Sarajevo Ricochet, A Town Betrayed and Taliban Oil. David is also the author (with SAS veteran Ken Connor) of How to Stage a Military Coup.
"Hebditch's meticulously researched book, truly a marvelous
compendium of unpublished inside information, delineates the
superb, often super heroic, work of the typical operator, despite
he or she knowing capture was inevitable, usually within a six-week
"...a treasure of a book, part narrative, part tutorial and throughout, an authentic adventure saga. Ultimately, it is a very human story generously seasoned with ingenuity, technology and hardy individualism."-- "K9YA Telegraph"
"...oddly entertaining for a book that deals in deception, espionage, death and destruction. It's copiously illustrated with pertinent photos, maps and diagrams gleaned from official and unofficial sources."-- "The Spectrum Monitor"