From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

by Robert M. Gates


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The only person to rise from entry-level analyst to Director of the CIA and to serve on the White House staffs of four Presidents, Robert M. Gates is uniquely qualified to tell the unprecedented inside story of the Cold War. Drawing on his access to classified information and top-level involvement in policy decisions, Gates lays bare the hidden wars and operations the United States waged against communism worldwide.

Ever certain that the fifty-year struggle with the Soviet Union was indeed a war, Gates makes candid appraisals of Presidents, key officials, and policies of the period. From the Shadows is the classic memoir of a career CIA officer at the center of power at a time when the threat of global annihilation informed our every move.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416543367
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 01/09/2007
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 583,553
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Robert M. Gates served as secretary of defense from 2006 to 2011. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force and worked for the Central Intelligence Agency before being appointed director of the agency by President George H. W. Bush. He was a member of the National Security Council staff in four administrations and served eight presidents of both political parties. Additionally, Gates has a continuing distinguished record in the private sector and in academia, including currently serving as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. He holds a Ph.D.

Table of Contents

Introduction     15
1969-1974: Detente-The Years of Smoke and Mirrors
Washington and Moscow: 1969     27
So This Was "Detente"?     39
1975-1980: The Mask of Soviet Ascendancy
American Paralysis     53
The "Third World" War     64
Planting Lethal Seeds     85
MUTS, Spies, and Dissidents     97
Defense and Arms Control: Advantage USSR     105
1979: Cold War, Hot War-East War, West War     118
Carter Turns to CIA     135
The Mask of Soviet Ascendancy, the Reality of Vulnerability     170
1981-1986: The Resurgence of the West
The Reawakening     183
Reagan's Sword: Casey at CIA     198
Turning the Tables     226
1983: The Most Dangerous Year     258
The War in Washington, 1983: Shultz Against the Field     278
Central America, 1983-1984: Our Own Worst Enemy     293
Passages: Last Gasp of the Soviet Old Guard     317
1985: Reagan and Gorbachev-the Best of Enemies     327
The Third World Competition, 1985-1986: Washington Pours It On     346
Intelligence Wars     357
1986-1991: Liberation and History's Dustbin
Gorbachev's Uncertain Trumpet, 1986-1987     375
Diversions     390
Geneva to Washington     404
Ending the "Third World" War     427
Gorbachev: Destroying the Soviet System     438
The "Velvet Revolutions" of 1989: The Avalanche of Liberation     449
Together at Last: Bush and Gorbachev     472
Destruction of the "Evil Empire"     508
A Joyless Victory     532
Reflections     553
Notes     577
Index     581

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From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic read of a time period that I followed most of my life with great interest. And now, to be able to read an insider's account of history as it unfolded is very enlightening. It helps one to grasp how important a role our President plays in our country's foriegn policy. This book should be required reading for all students of modern day politics and history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If You Want To Be a Fly on the Wall at CIA, the White House, and National Security Council "From the Shadows" is that opportunity. From college, to the USAF, to CIA, the the White House, Robert Gates takes you on a journey through five presidential administrations and a significant period of the Cold War. Because his positions were advisory or intelligence based, he avoids being partisan. His writing never becomes personal "for or against" but a snap shot of exactly what was going on at the time. He also describes Secretaries of State, Defense, Vice Presidents, Senators, foreign prime Ministers and leaders in candid detail. Not your typical "one man, one story" history. An amazing career covering Vietnam to the Fall of the Wall.
ieJasonW on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting book for those reading about national security during the Cold War era. I've not read many accounts like this - from senior policy people after they leave office - but I like this particular book. It is dry at times, maybe not so surprising as it is supposed to be a dot in the historical spectrum that defines the period. But I liked how I could read about specific stances Dr. Gates took in specific times in American history. I'd only buy the book used. Save the money. I'm sure Dr. Gates wouldn't mind. He seems like the pragmatic type. :)
16883678 More than 1 year ago
I have always been a Gates fan. He has served our country honorably and courageously for decades. His service in the intelligence community and in the White House is unique. The book is well written and an easy read, perhaps too easy. You can sit down and knock out 100 pages quickly. The material is covered with a very high level approach. No one can say that Gates got bogged down in the details. Overall, there is very little new here. Certainly no bombshells got dropped. The books has three recurring threads. First, events that the CIA was part, involved in, wrote about or even caused. The treatment of these events was interesting and insightful. The second thread deals with the criticisms leveled at the CIA or Gates himself by the media, the State Department or even a cabinet level Secretary. Gates seems preoccupied by defending the Agency and/or himself. The third thread includes many of the historical events that occurred during Gates’ tenure at the CIA or White House. Much of this is covered in a historically accurate, yet high level, manner. Much of it has little to do with the CIA or the White House and seems to be written about from a bystander point of view. I was interested in the first, did not care about the second and found the information in the third covered better in other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago