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From the Publisher"Johnson brings together contributors from academia, intelligence agencies and other government organizations, think tanks, and the legal professions for this five-volume overview of the current status of the field of intelligence studies."
Reference & Research Book News
"College-level specialty collections strong in military and political studies of foreign policy and strategy will find essential the in-depth, five-volume set Strategic Intelligence: Understanding the Hidden Side of Government. Here's a comprehensive survey of how the sixteen major U.S. intelligence agencies operate, how they collect information from around the world, and how they meet special challenges. Chapters analyze the intelligence community and both overt and covert actions, examining different approaches to intelligence and its management and policies and including a concurrent history of the politics and policies of the community. No serious college-level or specialty military collection should be without this in-depth reference."
Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"This collection of 49 original essays edited by Johnson (political science, Univ. of Georgia) focuses mostly on how the 16 major U.S. intelligence agencies operate in the current dangerous environment of terrorism and globalization. Five topical volumes cover such issues as hidden bureaucracy, the intelligence cycle, covert action, counterintelligence, and accountability….While most other collections of this type are miscellaneous case studies or historical essays, this sturdily bound set is mostly about the present or very recent situation and about projections for the immediate future. It clearly conveys how politics and personalities adversely affect procedures and results. Appropriate for assigned course readings, this set will be of most interest to academic libraries, where it can complement the many specialized monographs already on the shelves. [Also available as an ebook]"
"The books provide an excellent reference for students of the military, political affairs, foreign policy, or strategic planning. The supporting notes at the end of each chapter are especially helpful and should not be overlooked by the reader."