Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency

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A frank and refreshing evaluation of several Chief Executives, their Directors of Central Intelligence, and even some lover in the hierarchy, Executive Secrets shines light on the development and execution of foreign policy through the understanding of the tools available, of which covert action may be least known and understood. This book is a great tool for the press, the public, and many political appointees in the National Security System. A History Book Club Selection with a foreword by Mark Bowden, author ...

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Overview

A frank and refreshing evaluation of several Chief Executives, their Directors of Central Intelligence, and even some lover in the hierarchy, Executive Secrets shines light on the development and execution of foreign policy through the understanding of the tools available, of which covert action may be least known and understood. This book is a great tool for the press, the public, and many political appointees in the National Security System. A History Book Club Selection with a foreword by Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down.

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"Named a 2005 Choice Outstanding Academic Title." —

"[Daugherty] gives a frank and refreshing evaluation of several Chief Executives, their Directors of Central Intelligence, and even some lover in the hierarchy. Anyone interested or involved in the development and execution of foreign policy must know the tools available, of which covert action may be least known and understood. This understanding is also pertinent to a wider audience: the press, the public, and many political appointees in the National Security system. This book should help." — Air Power History

"A most informative study of covert action.... This well-researched, thoughtful book is a valuable work that will be treasured by scholars and professionals in the field. Highly recommended." — Choice

"A hard-hitting, balanced and highly successful effort to deal with the issue of presidential responsibility for covert action." — John Stempel, Patterson School of Diplomacy, University of Kentucky

"Daugherty has done us all a tremendous service by attempting to rescue the Agency from the myths, both well-meaning and malevolent, that shape our understanding of it.... This book ought to dispel some of the fog that obscures our understanding of the C.I.A. and that prompts the gigantic mood swings in our attitude toward intelligence gathering and covert actions." — Mark Bowden, from the foreword

"There are some interesting and carefully drawn vignettes of covert operations here that demonstrate a skillful blending of declassified documents, investigative reports, and secondary sources. It is these case studies that make this one of those essential works for specialists in intelligence policy." — Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

"If you are a keen observer of the agency, this one will interest and instruct you." — Rockland (ME) Courier-Gazette

"Offers a richly textured books that clears up some common misconceptions of the CIA, as well as an insider's perspective on how covert action really works, or fails." — Savannah (GA) Morning News

"Readers of this timely and occasionally revelatory account may be surprised to learn that President Carter approved a covert action program to attack the internal legitimacy of the Soviet system, and that he repeatedly releid on covert action to achieve his foreign policy aims." — Zbigniew Brzezinski

"[Daugherty] has done a great service for those wanting to seriously understand the realistic capabilities of the organization. This is not an easy task, for the CIA has been the subject of many books, movies, and certain mindsets in the population."—Foreign Area Officer Journal" —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191614
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 9/24/2009
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 352,331
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The role of covert action in intelligence and foreign policy 9
2 The "romances" of covert action 23
3 Covert action policy and pitfalls 47
4 The military and peacetime covert action 59
5 The discipline of covert action 71
6 Approval and review of covert action programs in the modern era 91
7 Harry S. Truman 113
8 Dwight D. Eisenhower 131
9 John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson 151
10 Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford 167
11 Jimmy Carter 183
12 Ronald W. Reagan 193
13 George H. W. Bush and William J. Clinton 213
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  • Posted November 14, 2008

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    An excellent book

    Bill Daugherty, who was one of the CIA's officers in Iran, has written an excellent book about the little known world of covert action. Despite what Hollywood would have you believe, covert action is actually regulated by law, and with a few exceptions, carefully planned by the White House. This book is highly recommended for serious scholars of U.S.<BR/>foreign policy.

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