H. Keith Melton

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H. Keith Melton is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, an intelligence historian, and a specialist in clandestine technology and espionage tradecraft. Melton is the author of many spy books.[1] He also is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C.[2]

Melton is the holder of the largest collection of privately held espionage artifacts with thousands of items.[2][3] Discovery Times Square has a temporary exhibit of his more important pieces from his collection on display beginning May 18, 2012.[4]

In 2019 Melton contributed to the script for Czech spy drama The Sleepers, an HBO Europe project.[5]


Melton has additionally authored many books with Jim Wiese.

"The manuals reprinted in this work represent the only known complete copy of Mulholland's instructions for CIA officers on the magician's art of deception and secret communications written to counter Soviet mind-control and interrogation techniques."[6]


  1. ^ WorldCat
  2. ^ a b "Board of Directors". International spy museum.
  3. ^ Brennan, Morgan (December 2012). "Mansion Of Secrets: An Espionage Expert's Outrageous Spy Lair". Forbes.
  4. ^ "SPY Exhibition World Premiere Unlocks Treasures From The World's Largest Espionage Collection, With Items From The CIA, The FBI, and The NRO". PR Newswire. May 8, 2012.
  5. ^ "Spy drama with Hofmann, Myšička and Pauhofová will be presented in Karlovy Vary". Vaaju. May 30, 2019.
  6. ^ The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception. WorldCat.