James Jesus Angleton

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As chief of counterintelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, James Jesus Angleton built a formidable reputation. Although perhaps best known for leading the agency's notorious "Molehunt"-the search for a Soviet spy believed to have infiltrated the upper levels of the American government-Angleton also played a key role in the U.S. intervention in the Italian election of 1948, in Israel's development of nuclear weapons, and in the management of the CIA's investigation...
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As chief of counterintelligence for the Central Intelligence Agency from the early 1950s to the early 1970s, James Jesus Angleton built a formidable reputation. Although perhaps best known for leading the agency's notorious "Molehunt"-the search for a Soviet spy believed to have infiltrated the upper levels of the American government-Angleton also played a key role in the U.S. intervention in the Italian election of 1948, in Israel's development of nuclear weapons, and in the management of the CIA's investigation of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He later led CIA efforts to contain the Vietnam-era antiwar movement, including the campaign to destroy the liberal Catholic magazine Ramparts.

In this deeply researched biography, Michael Holzman uses Angleton's story to illuminate the history of the CIA from its founding in the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Drawing on a broad range of sources, including previously unexamined archival documents, personal letters, and interviews, he looks beneath the surface of Angleton's career to reveal the sensibility that governed not only his personal aims and ambitions but those of the organization he served and helped shape.

About the Author:
Michael Holzman, an independent scholar, holds a PhD in literature from the University of California, San Diego

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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Magazine
Holzman's book is a major history of chilling impact, and a long, rewarding odyssey through the labyrinth of counterintelligence. . . . His cast is huge and his explorations far reaching.
Lobster 56
This is seriously good history, as well as a biography; Holzman is a very good writer, with a style somewhere between the academic and the journalist, and this was a pleasure to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781558496507
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2008
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 741,838
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Players Are Introduced 1

2 Yale English 7

3 OSS 33

4 Italy: Eavesdropping on the Pope 55

5 Coup d'Etat 75

6 Friends, Lovers, and Spies 100

7 The Business of Counterespionage 128

8 Foreign Liaisons 144

9 Illegalities: International Mail 171

10 Cuba, the Kennedys, and the Molehunt 183

11 Illegalities: CHAOS 227

12 Endgame 279

Notes 325

Bibliography 361

Index 373

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    Holzman makes a brilliant connection between literary criticism and counter espionage

    This extraordinary new analysis of the life of James Jesus Angleton makes a fascinating connection between his training and early life as a poet and literary critic and his career in counterintelligence. Chillingly relevant to the current debate on the CIA and intelligence-gathering techniques it is a 'must read' for anyone interested in the current state of American democracy.

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