Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

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Ivan R. Dee, 2006 - Political Science - 696 pages
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Safe for Democracy for the first time places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic values and institutions. National security historian John Prados offers a comprehensive history of the CIA's secret wars that is as close to a definitive account as is possible today. He draws on three decades of research to illuminate the men and women of the intelligence establishment, their resources and techniques, their triumphs and failures. In a dramatic and revealing narrative, Safe for Democracy not only relates the inside stories of covert operations but examines in meticulous detail the efforts of presidents and Congress to control the CIA and the specific choices made in the agency's secret wars. Safe for Democracy is the most authoritative and complete book on the CIA's secret wars ever published.

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Very good overview of the CIA's history since its official creation, focusing more on its various major operations before that of its various leaders, etc. By the end of the first couple of chapters ... Read full review

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The Gamut of Secret Operations
The Cold War Crucible
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About the author (2006)

John Prados is a senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., and holds a Ph.D. in political science (international relations) from Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby" (Oxford, 2003), "Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975" (University Press of Kansas, 2009), and "Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA" (Ivan R. Dee, 2009). His work has focused on national security, presidential decision making, intelligence and military history, and Southeast Asia. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland

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