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Secret History of the CIA

Secret History of the CIA

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by Joseph J. Trento
     
 

ISBN-10: 0756791359

ISBN-13: 9780756791353

Pub. Date: 12/01/2004

Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company

The CIA was founded on the best of intentions -- to battle the Soviet Empire during the Cold War. For over 50 years, hundreds of men and women in America's foremost intelligence agency have engaged nobly in espionage that was both risky and mysterious, in the name of national security. But the real CIA, as revealed in this eye-opening book, was an organization haunted

Overview

The CIA was founded on the best of intentions -- to battle the Soviet Empire during the Cold War. For over 50 years, hundreds of men and women in America's foremost intelligence agency have engaged nobly in espionage that was both risky and mysterious, in the name of national security. But the real CIA, as revealed in this eye-opening book, was an organization haunted from the very beginning by missed opportunities, internal rivalries, mismanagement, and Soviet moles.

In The Secret History of the CIA, you will descend into the murky underworld of double and triple agents, of divided loyalties and tortured souls, and of high-stakes operations that played out on virtually every continent. Nationally respected investigative journalist Joseph J. Trento peels away the shroud of secrecy that protected the CIA to reveal how the agency suffered from the profoundly human frailties of those who were chosen to lead it. For over a decade the author conducted countless interviews with legendary spymasters and pored through top-secret files to compile an engrossing history, rich with colorful characters and chilling intrigue. You'll come face-to-face with Igor Orlov, the cold-blooded Soviet double agent who infiltrated the upper echelons of American intelligence; James Angleton, the infamous CIA mole hunter, who implicated the Soviets in John F. Kennedy's assassination; George Weisz, the Hungarian emigrant who worked for the Soviets as he recruited Nazi scientists for the West; and many more.

Riveting and majestic in scope, this book takes you down the shadowy corridors of an organization comprised of America's best and brightest, whose thirst for power and influence compromised security, led to incredible mistakes that strengthened the Soviets, and, at the same time, resulted in the needless sacrifice of thousands of patriotic agents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756791353
Publisher:
DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date:
12/01/2004
Pages:
542

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
With Appreciationxvii
1.Beria and Stalin1
2.Enter Sasha9
3.Human Poker17
4.The Americans25
5.The Cousins33
6.The Battle to Control American Intelligence41
7.George Weisz51
8.Orlov: The Indispensable Man61
9.Berlin: The New Frontline Base69
10.The FBI Man in the CIA75
11.Cover-Up and Promotion85
12.Tough Guy in Berlin93
13.A Missed Chance99
14.Murphy and Friends109
15.Cowboys in Berlin117
16.Igor and the Ladies127
17.Tunnel Vision139
18.A Defector at Last147
19.The Illegals155
20.The Hungarian Debacle163
21.Harvey Has Problems171
22.Transition, Assassination, and Conscience177
23.What Wall?185
24.Assassination as Foreign Policy191
25.The Kennedys as Case Officers203
26.Khrushchev's Gambit211
27.Oswald in Moscow217
28.SR-9223
29.The Kremlin Against Khrushchev229
30.Penkovsky Reporting235
31.No Questions Asked241
32.He Found the Missiles--So Fire Him249
33.The Long Knives255
34.Blood Brings Blood265
35.Hoover Saves Philby271
36.Haunting Angleton277
37.The Search283
38.Closing In On SASHA291
39.The Net Widens299
40.The Perfect Operation309
41.The Son-in-Law315
42.Fatal Coup in Vietnam327
43.Thong Nhut Street337
44.The CIA and the Drug Lords343
45.Losing Vietnam351
46.Nixon Versus Kennedy's Ghost361
47.Don't Cross Geneen373
48.Blood and Judgment389
49.Weisz in Germany401
50.Pink Slip for Angleton405
51.Who Needs Counterintelligence?413
52.Christmas in Vienna421
53.After Angleton429
54.The Atomic Spy435
55.Mole in the White House441
56.Molekill453
57.The End of the Cold War465
Epilogue473
Notes481
Select Bibliography513
Index517

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The Secret History of the CIA 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
lockman More than 1 year ago
Very interesting, but sometimes boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
most of it was a good read