Spying for America: The Hidden History of U. S. Intelligence

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A readable, fair-minded, & comprehensive review of American intelligence operations since the revolution & #1 spymaster George Washington. Stories of secret agents, unwelcome analysis, technical ingenuity, & controversial covert action illuminate its episode evolution from 1775 to the present. This book provides an overall account of American intelligence that places it within the context of two centuries of national history. An excellent history, it serves as a lucid backdrop to current debates over ...
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Overview

A readable, fair-minded, & comprehensive review of American intelligence operations since the revolution & #1 spymaster George Washington. Stories of secret agents, unwelcome analysis, technical ingenuity, & controversial covert action illuminate its episode evolution from 1775 to the present. This book provides an overall account of American intelligence that places it within the context of two centuries of national history. An excellent history, it serves as a lucid backdrop to current debates over the CIAs role around the world. For students & scholars, supporters & skeptics, this is the place to start. Illustrated.

"...A thrilling chronicle of American history that you never learned in high school...a gripping account."--New York Times Book Review

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miller seeks to correct the common wisdom that U.S. military intelligence didn't amount to much until WW II. His chronicle begins with an account of George Washington as spymaster during the Revolutionary War. Although he demythologizes such supposed paragons as Nathan Hale and Belle Boyd, Miller takes an admiring look at some of the men and women who performed valuable service with a minimum of government support. After reaching its low point during the Mexican-American War (the War Department sent the campaigners a map of Mexico torn from an atlas), U.S. military intelligence entered its professional era during the Spanish-American War with Ralph Van Deman's intelligence bureau. Calling him the father of modern intelligence, Miller points out in passing that Van Deman also initiated the kind of domestic snooping that has led to civil-rights infringements ever since. Other pre-WW II figures include Herbert O. Yardley, whose code-breaking service during the 1920s was abruptly shut down by Secretary of State Henry Stimson with the immortal comment that gentlemen do not read each other's mail. The book's take on U.S. intelligence activities through WW II to the Iran- contra affair is adequate but undistinguished. Photos. (Apr.)
Library Journal
A very readable and comprehensive overview of the use of intelligence since the American Revolution, written by a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun . Beginning with the well-known tale of John Honeyman and ending with Oliver North, the narrative is straightforward, and the coverage is comprehensive and well focused. While no new ground is broken, it provides an excellent starting point for the neophyte and is sufficiently annotated to provide access to more detailed studies. The first half of the book treats the use of intelligence to support military operations. The second half looks at intelligence in the postwar period with the major emphasis on covert operations. An excellent history.-- George W. Price, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington , D.C.
Charles W. Corddry
Miller masterfully unravels our legacy as espionage from #1 spy master George Washington until today…A stunning narrative that reads better than a novel.
—Charles W. Corddry The Baltimore Sun
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This rich tapestry of American espionage over the past 200 years brims with stories of secret agents, technical ingenuity, and the covert actions of spy masters from George Washington to George Bush. Illuminating the episodic evolution of intelligence operations during the American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, and the Cold War, Miller recounts the treachery, double-dealings, incompetence, and violence of men and women caught inside the espionage maze. B&W photos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557781864
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1989
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 482

Meet the Author

Nathan Miller
Nathan Miller is an award-winning journalist and the author of twelve works of history and biography, including Broadside: The Age of Fighting Sail, 1775-1815, FDR: An Intimate History, and War at Sea. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 George Washington, Spymaster 3
2 Spies Who Went Out Into the Cold 15
3 "Surrounded by Spies" 34
4 A More Perfect Union 54
4 Nobody Here But Us Patriots 71
6 Amateurs at War 90
7 War by Other Means 110
8 "On Special Service" 128
9 The Beginnings of Professionalism 155
10 Prophet Without Honor 176
11 Twilight of Intelligence 202
12 Enemies Within ... and Without 221
13 The Road from Pearl Harbor 248
14 The Unsecret Service 273
15 Onward Cold War Soldiers 301
16 The Struggle for the World 325
17 To Bear Any Burden 355
18 All Honorable Men 375
19 An Age of Uncertainty 395
20 Once More Into the Breach 413
Epilogue 440
Citations 450
Appendix 464
Bibliography 468
Index 480
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