Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby

Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby

by John Prados



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Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby by John Prados

From his years as America's point man in Vietnam to his mysterious death in 1996, William E. Colby was one of the most enigmatic figures of the Cold War. Whether it was in CIA operations against Russia, anti-Communism in Western Europe, covert action in Southeast Asia, or its involvement in the Watergate affair, Colby stood at the center of the agency's secret activities.
Lost Crusader for the first time uncovers the real story of this master spy, from his beginnings in the OSS to his tumultuous years as Director of Central Intelligence in the 1970s. Reviled by many outside the CIA for his role in Vietnam, he was later cast as a scapegoat by the Nixon White House during the Church and Pike congressional investigations of CIA activities.
Based on extensive research and interviews with key participants, John Prados offers new revelations on the CIA in Western Europe and elsewhere: a fresh analysis of the notorious Phoenix program in Vietnam, and the most authoritative account of agency involvement in the bloody Indonesian coup of 1965 that overthrew Sukarno and brought General Suharto to power. Moreover, Prados has uncovered new evidence on the CIA's role in the 1963 assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam and also furnishes the first account of the action at the top level of the CIA during the final demise of South Vietnam in 1975.
A masterful study of a master spy, Lost Crusader offers vital insight into the Cold War, Vietnam, and the inner workings of the CIA.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756790943
Publisher: DIANE Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/30/2003
Pages: 380

About the Author

John Prados is a senior researcher at the National Security Archive in Washington. He is one of America's leading historians of intelligence and espionage, and the author of ten other books, including Presidents' Secret Wars and Combined Fleet Decoded. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University.

Table of Contents

1.The Mystery of Bill Colby1
2.Baptism of Fire7
3.Tianjin to Trondheim19
4.The Crusade Begins35
5.Political Action52
6.Journey to the East61
7.A Bigger Stage to Play On89
8.Death in November105
9.Arc of Crisis132
10.Exhilaration of War164
11.Rising from Ashes189
12.The Fall of Phoenix207
13.Back to Langley239
14.The Top Floor262
15.The Year of Intelligence297
16.Intelligence in a Free Society331
Abbreviations Used in References344

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