Spymasters

Spymasters

by Ralph E. Weber
     
 

Spymasters is a collection of interviews revealing enlightening perspectives on the covert operations of this powerful, secretive arm of the U.S. government. Here former top-ranking CIA officials shed light on some of the most sensitive issues and practices in American foreign intelligence to date. These men disclose information about: President Harry S. Truman

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Spymasters is a collection of interviews revealing enlightening perspectives on the covert operations of this powerful, secretive arm of the U.S. government. Here former top-ranking CIA officials shed light on some of the most sensitive issues and practices in American foreign intelligence to date. These men disclose information about: President Harry S. Truman's demands for a centralized intelligence agency and the stubborn resistance of James F. Byrnes, J. Edgar Hoover, and the military services the tumultuous early stages of the National Security Council the failed Bay of Pigs invasion the confusion surrounding the Kennedy assassination Khrushchev's ousting Operation MONGOOSE the Gulf of Tonkin incident The interviews are especially valuable for their portrayal of the relationships between the agency's directors and the presidents during the most anxious and threatening decades of the Cold War. The CIA's successes and failures are recounted and carefully evaluated by the men who were there, often times issuing the orders.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bloomsbury Review
Spymasters is a collection of fascinating and insightful interviews... Provides intriguing perspectives and information about American intelligence activities during the Cold War.
The Nation
An outstanding collection of oral histories.
Hayden B. Peake
To comprehend the CIA one must understand those who made it work in its formative years. Professor Weber's singular collection of engaging, entertaining, often humorous interviews of some of its most honorable men in service during that time takes a major step toward this goal. Historians, their students, and even those with reflexive animus toward the CIA will find it of enormous value. Spymasters is a powerful oral history of the realities of Agency collection operations and their analysis.
Thomas F. Troy
An exciting collection of fresh, stimulating, informed, and very readable conversations with top U.S. intelligence officials.
Robert H. Ferrell
No historian understands more about the organization of American intelligence, from its beginnings during the Revolution to the present day, than Ralph E. Weber. When leading figures in the Central Intelligence Agency appraise their own work they almost necessarily throw light on dark corners. It is hardly necessary to add that during the Cold War the policy of the United States was made not merely by the Department of State but by covert CIA actions, and that any student of the years after World War II needs to know about this essential second dimension.
David Kahn
Ralph Weber has had the brilliant idea of finding and collecting hidden interviews with leaders of the intelligence community. He thereby renders a signal contribution to intelligence historians by making available a book not only valuable, but fascinating.
Bloomsbury Review
Fascinating and insightful interviews with 10 former CIA officers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780842027151
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
398
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)

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