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

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Simon and Schuster, Jan 9, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 604 pages
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As 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 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 a classic memoir on the career of a CIA officer at the centre of power during a time when the threat of global annihilation informed America's every move.
  

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

User Review  - Kurishin - Goodreads

Interesting balance between Cold War storytelling/analysis and politicking. My perception of the Cold War was changed through reading this book and Gates does get into the personalities involved, too. One gets the sense there is so much more that he doesn't or can't write. Read full review

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

User Review  - Jada Tullos - Goodreads

Well-done blend of fact and some honest opinions. Gates obviously did much research in addition to his personal recollections of the Cold War during the 70s and 80s which makes his book particularly ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
15
PART
51
The Third World War
64
Planting Lethal Seeds
85
MUTS Spies and Dissidents
97
Advantage USSR
105
Carter Turns to CIA
135
The Mask of Soviet Ascendancy the Reality of Vulnerability
170
Washington
346
Intelligence Wars
357
PART FOUR
373
Diversions
390
Geneva to Washington
404
Ending the Third World War
427
Destroying the Soviet System
438
Bush and Gorbachev
472

PART THREE
181
Casey at CIA
198
Turning the Tables
226
Shultz Against the Field
278
Our Own Worst Enemy
293
Last Gasp of the Soviet Old Guard
317
Destruction of the Evil Empire
508
AJoyless Victory
532
Reflections
553
NOTES
577
Copyright

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Robert Michael Gates (born September 25, 1943) is an American statesman and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011. Gates served for 26 years in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council, and under President George H. W. Bush was Director of Central Intelligence. Gates was also an officer in the United States Air Force and during the early part of his military career, he was recruited by the CIA. After leaving the CIA, Gates became president of Texas A&M University and was a member of several corporate boards. He served as a member of the Iraq Study Group, the bipartisan commission co-chaired by James A. Baker III and Lee H. Hamilton, that studied the lessons of the Iraq War. Gates has won many honorary doctorates from universities, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University; his government awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In January 2014, Gates published his autobiography, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, which quickly became a New York Times bestseller.

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