Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government, to 1950

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This unique history offers the most detailed & documented account of the early years of the CIA currently available. It reveals the political & bureaucratic struggles that accompanied the creation of the modern U.S. intelligence community. In addition, it proposes a theory of effective intelligence organization, applied both to the movement to create the CIA & to the form it eventually took. The period covered by this study was crucially important because it was during this time that the main battles ...
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Overview

This unique history offers the most detailed & documented account of the early years of the CIA currently available. It reveals the political & bureaucratic struggles that accompanied the creation of the modern U.S. intelligence community. In addition, it proposes a theory of effective intelligence organization, applied both to the movement to create the CIA & to the form it eventually took. The period covered by this study was crucially important because it was during this time that the main battles over the establishment, responsibilities, & turf of the agency were fought. Photos.
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A historical account of the creation of the CIA in the years after WWII, written by the Agency's first official historian in 1952-53. The manuscript was classified until November 1989, when it was released under the CIA's Historical Review Program. With introductions by Bruce D. Berkowitz and Allan E. Goodman. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The State Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the military hampered the Central Intelligence Agency in its infancy by bickering about authority, according to a long-secret history of the agency's early years. The 1,000-page narrative, written in 1953 by the agency's first historian, Arthur B. Darling, is the first CIA document to be declassified and transferred to the National Archives for release to the public under the agency's historical review program."
--New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780788163197
  • Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Pages: 509

Meet the Author

Arthur B. Darling taught American history at Yale University and Phillips Academy. From 1952 to 1954 he served as historian for the CIA.

Bruce D. Berkowitz has held various positions in the intelligence community and also served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Allan E. Goodman, Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, was employed by the CIA from 1975 to 1980, serving as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence in 1979-1980.

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