Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda

Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to Al-Qaeda

by Thomas Powers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1590170237

ISBN-13: 9781590170236

Pub. Date: 12/09/2002

Publisher: New York Review Books

The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has riveted America's attention once again on the issue of secret intelligence -- how it is gathered and evaluated, and how it is ultimately used to determine policies. Why was the CIA's pre-war assessment of Iraq completely wrong? Did the Bush administration pressure the agency to come up with a justification

Overview

The failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has riveted America's attention once again on the issue of secret intelligence -- how it is gathered and evaluated, and how it is ultimately used to determine policies. Why was the CIA's pre-war assessment of Iraq completely wrong? Did the Bush administration pressure the agency to come up with a justification for a war it had already decided to wage? Will we ever really know?

To understand the current crisis of the CIA, we need to know how the intelligence business works, and no one outside it knows more about its culture than Thomas Powers. The essays collected in this volume tell stories of shadowy successes, ghastly failures, and, more often, gripping uncertainties. They range from the exploits of "Wild Bill" Donovan's OSS during the Second World War, through the CIA's long cold war struggle with its Russian adversary, to the failure to prevent the attacks of September 11. Here too are the Kennedys with their fixation on getting rid of Castro; real, suspected, and imagined Communist spies, moles, and double agents; and obsessive characters like James J. Angleton and Richard Perle.

With a new preface and three new essays analyzing the Iraq war and its consequences, this updated edition examines urgent questions for an age of terrorism and preemptive war. What role should secret intelligence have in the policy debates of a democratic society? Can we trust the CIA to resist White House pressure, give the president accurate and impartial analyses, and then stand by them?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590170236
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
12/09/2002
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.53(h) x 1.23(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised and Expanded Editionix
Introduction to the First Editionxxv
Part 1
1The Underground Entrepreneur3
2The Conspiracy That Failed21
3Founding Father45
4Phantom Spies at Los Alamos59
5The Plot Thickens81
6Spy Fever109
7The Riddle Inside the Enigma123
8The Bloodless War141
9Saving the Shah159
Part 2
10And After We've Struck Cuba?171
11The Heart of the Story185
12The Mind of the Assassin193
13The Interesting One203
14Marilyn Was the Least of It223
Part 3
15Soviet Intentions and Capabilities235
16The Ears of America243
17Notes from Underground257
18Doing the Right Thing275
19Last of the Cowboys283
20The Bottom Line295
21No Laughing Matter321
22Who Won the Cold War?333
23The Black Arts357
24The Trouble with the CIA375
25America's New Intelligence War395
26War and Its Consequences429
27The Vanished Case for War441
28Tomorrow the World459
Index473

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