Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

by John Prados
     
 

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From its founding in the aftermath of World War II, the Central Intelligence Agency has been discovered in the midst of some of the most crucial-and most embarrassing-episodes in United States relations with the world. Safe for Democracy for the first time places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic…  See more details below

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From its founding in the aftermath of World War II, the Central Intelligence Agency has been discovered in the midst of some of the most crucial-and most embarrassing-episodes in United States relations with the world. Safe for Democracy for the first time places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic values and institutions. National security historian John Prados offers a comprehensive history of the CIA's secret wars that is as close to a definitive account as is possible today.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Prados has performed a valuable service....A comprehensive and superbly researched effort that is both engrossing and disturbing..
Midwest Book Review
If you're studying the CIA's operations and routines you can't be without Safe for Democracy.

Choice
This is the most detailed single volume on the modern history of US covert operations.

Frontline
The record which [Prados] sets out of the CIA's doings . . . is riveting.
Foreign Affairs
Prados is an extraordinarily tenacious researcher who has madea career of exploring the activities of the intelligence community, particularly covert operations. He builds his case using whatever evidence he can find. There may be arguments about points of detail and some inferences, but this account of the "secret wars" undertaken by the Central Intelligence Agency since its founding in 1947 is an impressive achievement. Many of the stories are familiar -- the coups in Iran and Guatemala, the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the embrace of dubious rightists in Central America -- but what is striking is the range of countries in which the CIA has meddled and how counterproductive that meddling has so often been, even when the short-term goals were achieved. The anger generated (the 1953 overthrow of Mohammad Mosaddeq still factors into Iranian attitudes toward the United States), the poor choice of political friends, and the ease with which the CIA fits into conspiracy theories have ended up undermining U.S. interests in the long run. This book does not suggest that the CIA is a rogue arm of the government; the problem is that a covert capability proves too tempting to presidents seeking quick fixes to otherwise intractable problems.
Journal Of American History
A rare degree of success....His coverage is unusually comprehensive and objective....An authoritative, original work....Prados demonstrates his virtuosity.
Historian
The book has many strengths…[Prados] introduces a mountain of newly declassified documents and information from memoirs and interviews. The book thus contains much new detail about individuals involved in covert operations and project costs.
CHOICE
This is the most detailed single volume on the modern history of US covert operations.
Journal of American History
A rare degree of success....His coverage is unusually comprehensive and objective....An authoritative, original work....Prados demonstrates his virtuosity.
The Historian
The book has many strengths…[Prados] introduces a mountain of newly declassified documents and information from memoirs and interviews. The book thus contains much new detail about individuals involved in covert operations and project costs.
James Bamford
This definitive history of covert action is both timely and necessary.
Kai Bird
Prados brings together in one colorful narrative a sweeping history of America’s covert wars.
Thomas Powers
Safe for Democracy is history for adults—not White House spin but what really happened and why.
Lloyd Gardner
Highly readable, this is intelligence history, and intelligent history at its best.
Norman Polmar
A comprehensive and up-to-date account.
Blue Voice - Bruce Miller
Prados... constructs factual narratives of events based on thorough research with minimal analytic interpretation interspersed.
Foreign Affairs - Lawrence D. Freedman
Prados is an extraordinarily tenacious researcher....[This book is] an impressive achievement.
Poliltical Science Quarterly - Dimitris Keridas
A well-researched, detailed, and vivid account....Prados proves a master of his subject.
Arthur M. Schlesinger
Factual and capacious...if anyone writes hereafter about CIA's covert actions without consulting Prados, the result will be woefully deficient.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Factual and capacious...if anyone writes hereafter about CIA's covert actions without consulting Prados, the result will be woefully deficient.
Military History
Safe for Democracy argues its author's case very well, and it opens some very serious questions for scholarly military historians.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615780112
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
09/14/2006
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
752
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Prados is widely recognized as one of the foremost historians of national security affairs. A Columbia University Ph.D., his major books include Presidents' Secret Wars, Pentagon Games, Keepers of the Keys, Inside the Pentagon Papers, The Blood Road, Valley of Decision, The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, and Combined Fleet Decoded. Mr. Prados is a senior fellow at the National Security Archives and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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