The Old Boys: The American Elite and the Origins of the CIA

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First published in 1992, The Old Boys provoked fits up and down the intelligence corridors of Washington. The book provided details, according to the CIA's own in-house summation, "not available elsewhere." Documentation on the attempts by Allen Dulles in 1945 to cover for his Nazi business friends while furtively endeavoring to buy up the I.G. Farben remnants for himself and a few insiders. The fact that the head of CIA operations, Frank Wisner, was certifiable while he was ostensibly running the touchiest ...
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Overview

First published in 1992, The Old Boys provoked fits up and down the intelligence corridors of Washington. The book provided details, according to the CIA's own in-house summation, "not available elsewhere." Documentation on the attempts by Allen Dulles in 1945 to cover for his Nazi business friends while furtively endeavoring to buy up the I.G. Farben remnants for himself and a few insiders. The fact that the head of CIA operations, Frank Wisner, was certifiable while he was ostensibly running the touchiest cold-war embroilments of the fifties. The news that top CIA policy-makers both in Germany and inside the Agency were demonstrably KGB plants. The extent to which key figures around the CIA jumped off the planning staff before the Bay of Pigs. This is the book that taught the CIA its history.
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A carefully documented, anecdote-rich history of the OSS and its successor agency, the CIA, that begins with the aftermath of WWI and culminates in the debacle at the Bay of Pigs. Confirms even a paranoid's worst fears. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780971066014
  • Publisher: Tree Farm Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2001
  • Pages: 473
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Book I The Flowers of Versailles
1. The Roots of Versailles 9
2. Ahead of His Time, If on the Wrong Foot 27
3. A Proper Feeding Frenzy 40
4. The Last Gentleman Observer 52
5. The Cousins 70
6. Buried Blissfully in Switzerland 82
7. Unorthodox Diplomacy 97
8. The Bureaucrat of Death 110
9. A Reallocation of Target 126
10. Like a Prostitute in a Saloon 144
Book II The Man Who Card Too Much
11. To Stem the Tide 158
12. The Redeemer from the West 177
13. Across the Shifting Sands 201
14. The Mighty Wurlitzer 225
15. Help from Our Friends 244
16. To Rip Its Guts Out 264
17. The Scrambling Knights Templar 292
18. The Colossus of the North 307
19. The Doting Uncle 331
20. The Blood of Martyrs 351
21. The Last True Blow-off 377
22. Home from the Empire 404
Acknowledgements 423
Notes 425
Bibliography 456
Index 461
About the Author 472
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