The Cia And American Democracy / Edition 3

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This third edition of Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones's engrossing history of the Central Intelligence Agency includes a new prologue that discusses the history of the CIA since the end of the Cold War, focusing in particular on the intelligence dimensions of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Praise for the earlier editions:
"I have read many books on the CIA, but none more searching and still dispassionate. Nor would I have believed that a book of such towering scholarship could still be so lucid and exciting to read."-Daniel Schorr
"This is one of the best short histories of the CIA in print, up-to-date and based on a wide range of sources."-Walter Laqueur
"Judicious and reasonable. . . . A sophisticated study that should challenge us to take a more serious view about how our democracy formulates its foreign policy."-David P. Calleo, New York Times Book Review
A brief, yet subtle and penetrating, account of the Central Intelligence Agency."-Leonard Bushkoff, Christian Science Monitor
"Subtle and crisply written. . . . A book remarkable for its clarity and lack of bias."-William W. Powers, Jr., International Herald Tribune, Paris

This highly readable history of the Central Intelligence Agency is the first to be based on verifiable documents and substantial scholarly sources. Describes the agency's history from its founding in 1947 to the Iran-Contra scandal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This supportive, comprehensive study of the CIA traces the changing status of the agency from its 1947 beginnings to the present. Jeffreys-Jones, history lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, reveals how the CIA and its successive directors have been enmeshed in presidential politics and foreign policy, experiencing a ``golden age'' in the Eisenhower era and relatively hard times during the Johnson and Nixon administrations. The periodic congressional crusades aimed at unveiling ``the truth'' about the CIA are closely analyzed, the author arguing that such probes not only serve to keep the agency in check but in the long run strengthen it. Good congressional relations and mutual respect are, in Jeffreys-Jones's view, crucial to the proper functioning of U.S. intelligence. President Reagan, ``a keen supporter'' of the CIA, is shown here to have been virtually deaf to its advice. Jeffreys-Jones concludes: ``The various people who say that the CIA has been the world's best postwar foreign-intelligence agency are not wide of the mark.'' History Book Club alternate. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This book is a useful introduction to the diversity of the anti-Vietnam War movement. Jeffreys-Jones (American history, Univ. of Edinburgh) examines the war's effects on four components of the Democratic Party coalition--students, African Americans, women, and labor--and their evolution from prowar conformists to alienated antiwar protesters. Initially, each group had political and material reasons to support Vietnam policy. But when the war began to threaten the lives, economic status, and social progress of students, blacks, and women, many ceased to support it. Full employment and the presidential courtship of union leaders made labor slower to recognize Vietnam's cost in lost sons and jobs. Jones argues that labor's support for LBJ and later Nixon's policies prolonged the war. This thorough survey reminds readers that the antiwar movement was more than a student rebellion. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.--Duncan Stewart, State Historical Society of Iowa Lib., Iowa City Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
The author, an espionage expert at the University of Edinburgh, presents a largely sympathetic defense of ``the company,'' concluding that despite its internal faults and often being the scapegoat for poor presidential decisions, the CIA is the free world's most effective international intelligence agency. The author brilliantly places the fluctuating status of the CIA in a political context, discussing the agency's popularity as an enforcer of Cold War foreign policy during the 1950s, its decline in the early 1970s because of the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam, and its attempts to rehabilitate its image in the 1980s. Thoroughly researched, eminently readable, and highly recommended for espionage buffs as well as specialists. History Book Club alternate.-- Karl Helicher, Wolfsohn Memorial Lib., King of Prussia, Pa.
The relationship between security and secrecy in an open and free democracy is difficult and tenuous. Jeffreys-Jones (history, U. of Edinburgh) analyzes the history of this relationship, its successes and failures. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300099485
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/8/2003
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Prologue: 9/11 and the Post-Cold War CIA
Introduction 1
1 The Lessons of American History 11
2 The Birth of the CIA 24
3 The Mists of Bogota: Expansion and Obfuscation 42
4 Surviving McCarthy: A Weakness for Immunity 63
5 The Golden Age of Operations 81
6 Intelligence in the Golden Age: The Fight for Credibility 100
7 Presidential Shake-up: Kennedy and the Bay of Pigs 118
8 Presidential Neglect: LBJ and the CIA to June 1966 139
9 Helms, Johnson, and Cosmetic Intelligence 156
10 Nixon, Kissinger, and the Fruits of Manipulation 176
11 Democracy's Intelligence Flap: Toward a New Legitimacy 194
12 Restrained Intelligence and the Half-Won Peace 216
13 Ignoring the Credible: The CIA in the 1980s 229
Conclusion 248
List of Abbreviations Used in the Notes 253
Notes 255
Bibliography 297
Index 319
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