The CIA and American Democracy

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Yale University Press, 2003 - History - 338 pages
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This third edition of Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones’s engrossing history of the Central Intelligence Agency includes a new prologue that discusses the history of the CIA since the end of the Cold War, focusing in particular on the intelligence dimensions of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
Praise for the earlier editions:
“I have read many books on the CIA, but none more searching and still dispassionate. Nor would I have believed that a book of such towering scholarship could still be so lucid and exciting to read.”—Daniel Schorr
“This is one of the best short histories of the CIA in print, up-to-date and based on a wide range of sources.”—Walter Laqueur
“Judicious and reasonable. . . . A sophisticated study that should challenge us to take a more serious view about how our democracy formulates its foreign policy.”—David P. Calleo, New York Times Book Review
A brief, yet subtle and penetrating, account of the Central Intelligence Agency."—Leonard Bushkoff, Christian Science Monitor
"Subtle and crisply written. . . . A book remarkable for its clarity and lack of bias."—William W. Powers, Jr., International Herald Tribune, Paris
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION I
1
THE LESSONS OF AMERICAN HISTORY II
11
EXPANSION AND OBFUSCATION
42
A WEAKNESS FOR IMMUNITY
63
THE FIGHT FOR CREDIBILITY
100
KENNEDY AND THE BAY OF PIGS
118
LBJ AND THE CIA TO JUNE I?66
139
NIXON KISSINGER AND THE FRUITS OF MANIPULATION
176
TOWARD A NEW LEGITIMACY
194
RESTRAINED INTELLIGENCE AND THE HALFWON PEACE 21 6
216
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES
253
BIBLIOGRAPHY
297
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