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Historical Dictionary of United States Intelligence

Historical Dictionary of United States Intelligence

by Michael A. Turner
     
 

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This compendium of over 500 entries on the most important and relevant personalities, programs, activities, and agencies of U.S. intelligence, beginning with the Sons of Liberty before the onset of the Revolutionary War until the most recent reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community, covers the myriad pieces of legislation that have governed the activities of

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This compendium of over 500 entries on the most important and relevant personalities, programs, activities, and agencies of U.S. intelligence, beginning with the Sons of Liberty before the onset of the Revolutionary War until the most recent reorganization of the U.S. intelligence community, covers the myriad pieces of legislation that have governed the activities of U.S. intelligence, from the National Security Act of 1947, which still constitutes the fundamental law setting up modern U.S. intelligence, to the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which established the new position of the Director of National Intelligence. Each entry is cross-referenced for easy navigation and provides a definition as well as a brief but complete historical evaluation of the subject. This volume traces more than two centuries of history in the chronology. The introduction explains just what intelligence is and does, and shows how U.S. intelligence operations have evolved. Appendixes list Directors and Deputy Directors of Central Intelligence. The bibliography provides the most relevant and important sources for those interested in further reading.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
The entries are clear and concise.
CHOICE
Turner (political scientist and former Central Intelligence Agency analyst) explores the American intelligence world in this recent addition to the publisher's Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence series. While American agents have always engaged in intelligence gathering and counterintelligence work, the enterprise only became systematic following World War II. The volume offers a useful chronology, a list of acronyms and abbreviations, appendixes listing past US intelligence agency leaders, and a detailed, classified bibliography. Everything is covered in this volume, from people (e.g., Gerald Ford, John Brennan) to places, operations, and events—the Vietnam War's Operation Phoenix, long-term intelligence operations, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and so forth. Some of the 600-plus entries are just a few sentences, but many are a page or longer, and most are cross-referenced to other entries. This volume belongs in library collections holding similar works, e.g., Nigel West's Historical Dictionary of International Intelligence. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers.
Booklist
The volume is easy to read and well organized, and topics are well defined given the complex nature of the subject matter....The extensive bibliography will be extremely helpful for those interested in continuing research in this field of study. This is another recommended title for academic institutions with studies in this field and public libraries and special libraries where there is interest.
Reference Reviews
A well-recommended, intriguing and thoroughly fascinating reference work!
Defense Intelligence Journal
A required text for any practitioner or student of intelligence...an easy-to-use resource.
American Reference Books Annual
The entries are clear and concise.
Reference and Research Book News
Some 500 entries review the personalities, programs, legislation, and agencies of US intelligence, from the Revolutionary War to the most recent reorganization of the US intelligence community. Each entry is cross-referenced and provides a definition and a brief historical evaluation. A chronology traces two centuries of history, and an introduction shows how US intelligence operations have evolved. Appendixes list directors and deputy directors. Turner is a political scientist and a 15-year veteran of the CIA.
Intelligencer
No, you're not seeing double. And don't pick up either of these dictionaries/encyclopedias just to skim-or not intending to purchase. In no time you'll be in a chair, ignoring the phones and meetings (and the sales clerk)...hooked.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810865211
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/08/2005
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Michael A. Turner is a political scientist teaching intelligence and national security matters in San Diego, California. He is a fifteen-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency, where he worked in various analytical and staff positions. He also served rotational assignments on Capitol Hill and the Departments of State and Defense. Dr. Turner was twice the recipient of the CIA's prestigious Exceptional Performance Award. He is the author of Why Secret Intelligence Fails and numerous journal articles on intelligence matters, and serves on the editorial committee of the International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence.

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