Flawed Patriot: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey

Flawed Patriot: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey

by Tara Stockton
     
 

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A colorful, in-depth biography of America's greatest intelligence operator

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Flawed Patriot is a rich trove of information that will be of particular interest to students and scholars of the Cold War period and its struggles between the American and Soviet intelligence services…[the book] has a future as a reference work on a very turbulent period in American history.”

"With a journalist’s unerring eye for detail and the pen of a novelist, Bayard Stockton has created in Flawed Patriot a significant work of great historical value. Secrecy is the key to national security, but there is a fine line between necessity and hubris. Stockton peels back the musty layers to reveal the truth about incidents long hidden or lied about, teaching us not only about our intelligence past, but about Bill Harvey, the sort of maverick loner whose brilliance and daring protected us, and whose bravery led him to take many of his secrets to the grave. Settle yourself into your most comfortable easy chair. Flawed Patriot is compelling reading."

"Flawed Patriot is the story of Bill Harvey, one of the greatest intelligence officers I have ever known, from his exploits in West Berlin, where I served many years as his deputy, to his death in 1976. Bayard Stockton tells it all, the good and the bad, as he describes the frustrations of the politically charged Cuban operations under Bill’s nemesis, Robert Kennedy, the fruitless assignment to Rome, Bill’s battle with alcoholism, and the depressing circumstances of his retirement from the CIA. Nothing is left out, including the many speculative charges linking him to the assassination of President Kennedy. Flawed Patriot is a must read for serious historians, intelligence buffs, and all those who wish to know the truth about the life and times of this remarkable man."

"An insider's detailed study of a complex intelligence operative."

Gayle Lynds

"With a journalist’s unerring eye for detail and the pen of a novelist, Bayard Stockton has created in Flawed Patriot a significant work of great historical value. Secrecy is the key to national security, but there is a fine line between necessity and hubris. Stockton peels back the musty layers to reveal the truth about incidents long hidden or lied about, teaching us not only about our intelligence past, but about Bill Harvey, the sort of maverick loner whose brilliance and daring protected us, and whose bravery led him to take many of his secrets to the grave. Settle yourself into your most comfortable easy chair. Flawed Patriot is compelling reading."—Gayle Lynds, author of The Last Spymaster and Mesmerized
David E. Murphy

"Flawed Patriot is the story of Bill Harvey, one of the greatest intelligence officers I have ever known, from his exploits in West Berlin, where I served many years as his deputy, to his death in 1976. Bayard Stockton tells it all, the good and the bad, as he describes the frustrations of the politically charged Cuban operations under Bill’s nemesis, Robert Kennedy, the fruitless assignment to Rome, Bill’s battle with alcoholism, and the depressing circumstances of his retirement from the CIA. Nothing is left out, including the many speculative charges linking him to the assassination of President Kennedy. Flawed Patriot is a must read for serious historians, intelligence buffs, and all those who wish to know the truth about the life and times of this remarkable man."—David E. Murphy, retired CIA Soviet specialist and coauthor of Battleground Berlin: CIA vs KGB in the Cold War
William Hood

"An insider's detailed study of a complex intelligence operative."—William Hood, former CIA officer and author of Mole: The True Story of the First Russian Spy to Become an American Counterspy
American Diplomacy

Flawed Patriot is a rich trove of information that will be of particular interest to students and scholars of the Cold War period and its struggles between the American and Soviet intelligence services . . . [the book] has a future as a reference work on a very turbulent period in American history.”—American Diplomacy

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574889918
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
02/27/2008
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
994,933
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Bayard Stockton was recruited by the CIA in the early 1950s and was posted to Berlin, where he served under Bill Harvey for two years. He left the CIA to become Newsweek’s bureau chief in Bonn and later London. He was also a freelance foreign correspondent in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. He passed away in 2006.

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