The CIA in Hollywood offers the first full-scale investigation of the relationship between the Agency and the film and television industries. Tricia Jenkins draws on numerous interviews with the CIA's public affairs staff, operations officers, and historians, as well as with Hollywood technical consultants, producers, and screenwriters who have worked with the Agency, to uncover the nature of the CIA's role in Hollywood. In particular, she delves into the Agency's and its officers' involvement in the production of The Agency, In the Company of Spies, Alias, The Recruit, The Sum of All Fears, Enemy of the State, Syriana, The Good Shepherd, and more. Her research reveals the significant influence that the CIA now wields in Hollywood and raises important and troubling questions about the ethics and legality of a government agency using popular media to manipulate its public image.
|Publisher:||University of Texas Press|
|Edition description:||Revised and Updated Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments
Chapter One. Rogues, Assassins, and Buffoons: Representations of the CIA in Film and Television
Chapter Two. Opening the Doors: Why and How the CIA Works with Hollywood
Chapter Three. Necessary and Competent: The CIA in The Agency and In the Company of Spies
Chapter Four. The Chase Brandon Years
Chapter Five. The Legal and Ethical Implications of the CIA in Hollywood
Chapter Six. The Last People We Want in Hollywood: The Retired CIA Officer and the Hollywood Docudrama
What People are Saying About This
"[Jenkins’s] book raises serious ethical and legal questions about the relationship between the CIA and Hollywood and the extent to which we consume propaganda from one through the other. . . . Should the CIA be authorized to target American public opinion? If our artists don’t confront [the question] more directly, and soon, the Agency will only continue to infiltrate our vulnerable film and television screensand our minds."