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Richard B. Spence
Richard B. Spence, PhD

A key theme is that human history, behavior and reality are governed not by what we know but by what we believe.


University of Idaho

About Richard B. Spence

Richard B. Spence is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Idaho. He holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also taught as a visiting assistant professor. His research areas include Russian and military history, espionage, occultism, secret societies, anti-Semitism, and true crime. He is the author of several books, including Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly and Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult. He has also been a contributor for HISTORY®.

By This Professor

The Secret World of Espionage
True Crime: Decoding the Evidence
Crimes of the Century: A Selective History of Infamy
Secrets of the Occult
The Real History of Secret Societies