Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA

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Prophetic when first published, even more relevant now, Wedge is the classic, definitive story of the secret war America has waged against itself.
Based on scores of interviews with former spies and thousands of declassified documents, Wedge reveals and re-creates — battle by battle, bungle by bungle — the epic clash that has made America uniquely vulnerable to its enemies. For more than six decades, the opposed and overlapping missions of the FBI and CIA — and the rival ...

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Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security

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Overview

Prophetic when first published, even more relevant now, Wedge is the classic, definitive story of the secret war America has waged against itself.
Based on scores of interviews with former spies and thousands of declassified documents, Wedge reveals and re-creates — battle by battle, bungle by bungle — the epic clash that has made America uniquely vulnerable to its enemies. For more than six decades, the opposed and overlapping missions of the FBI and CIA — and the rival personalities of cops and spies — have caused fistfights and turf tangles, breakdowns and cover-ups, public scandals and tragic deaths.
A grand panorama of dramatic episodes, peopled by picaresque secret agents from Ian Fleming to Oliver North, Wedge is both a journey and a warning. From Pearl Harbor, McCarthyism, and the plots to kill Castro through the JFK assassination, Watergate, and Iran Contra down to the Aldrich Ames affair, Robert Hanssen's treachery, and the hunt for Al Qaeda — Wedge shows the price America has paid for its failure to resolve the conflict between law enforcement and intelligence.
Gripping and authoritative — and updated with an important new epilogue, carrying the action through to September 11, 2001 — Wedge is the only book about the schism that has informed nearly every major blunder in American espionage.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and interviews with former agents, Riebling's expos of the bitter rivalry between the FBI and CIA is presented through the prism of national traumas that might have turned out differently had these agencies worked togther: the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the McCarthy-era loyalty investigations, the JFK assassination and the World Trade Center bombing. Relations have always been tense, shows Riebling, dating back to the early years of WWII when William Donovan, head of the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner of the CIA), built a network of agents against the wishes of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover. Interagency animosity was further fueled by Hoover's suspicion that a later CIA director, Walter Bedell Smith, was a Communist. The FBI's obsessive search for Soviet moles during the '60s led to a formal disassociation in 1970, when Hoover abolished the Liaison Section. Relations are still so poor that the recent arraignment of Soviet spy Aldridge Ames was presented to the public, according to the author, less as a national-security catastrophe than as an example of something rare and wonderful-cooperation between the FBI and CIA. Riebling is a former Random House editor; this is his first book. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The conflict between the FBI and the CIA over publicity, money, and scope of operations is old news, but this book does an adequate job of putting it all in perspective. Riebling reviews accusations that bureaucratic struggles led to mistakes and tragedies such as Pearl Harbor, JFK's assassination, and the mishandling of spies in the United States, most recently Aldrich Ames. Such problems resulted from the differing personalities of those involved, particularly J. Edgar Hoover; differing missions; and differing corporate cultures-while the CIA was derived from freewheeling World War II foreign operations, the FBI focused on domestic security and the punishment of criminals. The author frequently tries to explain the context of American history for the last 50 years so that the reader has some idea of why things happened the way they did. Ian Fleming appears frequently, since he played an important role during World War II in outlining the foundations of a centralized American intelligence service. This is an interesting and enjoyable book to read, but the reader will be frustrated by the waste and pettiness of those in charge. Recommended for informed readers.-Daniel K. Blewett, Loyola Univ. Lib., Chicago
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Reveals how the feud between FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and William J. Donovan, the godfather of the CIA, drove a wedge between foreign and domestic spycatching, creating a fundamentally flawed intelligence system. Examines how the problems arising from this split shaped the McCarthy loyalty probes, the U-2 affair, and plots to kill Castro; sparked major political scandals, from Watergate to Iran-contra and Iraq-Gate; hobbled the '60s hunt for spies in the CIA; may have contributed to Jack Ruby's murder of Lee Harvey Oswald; and allowed Russian mole Aldrich Ames to serve almost a decade in the CIA before being caught.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743245999
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 10/29/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 827,049
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Riebling is editorial director at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He has written on national-security issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the National Review. He lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: For Special Services 3
Bk. 1 The War Against Wild Bill 17
1 The Tricycle Trust 19
2 No-Man's-Land 31
3 Double Cross 44
4 American Gestapo? 56
Bk. 2 America's James Bond 81
5 Shakedown Cruise 83
6 A Poisoned Chalice 106
7 The Gray Ghost 133
8 Licensed to Kill 161
Bk. 3 The Poetry of Deception 177
9 A Mind of Winter 179
10 Sinister Implications 198
11 Molehunt 219
12 Wedge 236
Bk. 4 Chaos 257
13 The Hydra Project 259
14 The Sullivan Plot 275
15 Smoking Gun 295
16 Blowback 315
Bk. 5 Twilight for Chameleons 343
17 The Last Buccaneers 345
18 Here Comes the Judge 381
19 The Fall of Babylon 405
20 The Keys to the Kingdom 428
Epilogue 453
Afterword 473
Acknowledgments 477
Notes 479
Sources 551
Index 565
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