A Monument to Deceit: Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars

A Monument to Deceit: Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars

by C. Michael Hiam, Thomas Powers

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A Monument to Deceit: Sam Adams and the Vietnam Intelligence Wars by C. Michael Hiam

It was an enigma of the Vietnam War: American troops kept killing the Viet Cong—and being killed in the process—and yet their ranks continued to grow. When CIA analyst Sam Adams uncovered documents suggesting a Viet Cong army more than twice as large as previously reckoned, another war erupted, this time within the ranks of America’s intelligence community. Although originally clandestine, this conflict involving the highest levels of the U.S. government burst into public view during the acrimonious lawsuit Westmoreland v. CBS. The central issue in the suit, as in the war itself, was the calamitous failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to ascertain the strength of the Viet Cong and get that information to troops in a timely fashion. The legacy of this failure—whether caused by institutional inertia, misguided politics, or individual hubris—haunts our nation. In the era of Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden, Sam Adams’ tireless crusade for “honest intelligence” resonates strongly today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611686005
Publisher: University Press of New England
Publication date: 03/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 340
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

C. MICHAEL HIAM is the author of Eddie Shore and That Old Time Hockey (2010) and the forthcoming Dirigible Dreams: The Age of the Airship. He lives in Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Paperback Edition
Prologue
A Downwardly Mobile WASP
Crisis in the Congo
Vietnam
George Allen’s War
The Crossover Point
Told to Lie
SNIE 14.3-67
A Lugubrious Irony
The Adams Phenomenon
A Thoreau Type
Investigations
CBS Reports
Cravath
The Libel Trial of the Century
The Colonel’s Revolt
Reckless Disregard
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Notes
Bibliography
Photo Credits
Index

What People are Saying About This

John Rolfe Gardiner

“Take up this book and let Michael Hiam lead you toward a final understanding of how military and civilian intelligence failed us during the Vietnam War.”

Larry McMurtry

“An excellent book...should bring [Sam Adams’s story] to the attention of many who know nothing of the passions or the conflicts of that time.”

George W. Allen

“A definitive contribution to an understanding of the most acrimonious intelligence controversy of the Vietnam War.”

Mike Wallace

“In times of White House obfuscation, it’s a pleasure to be able to read about the candor—against all odds—of courageous patriots like Sam Adams.”

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