The Complete Idiot's Guide to the CIA

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Penguin, Aug 1, 2002 - Political Science - 315 pages
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-- Co-author Allan Swenson is a veteran CIA operative; he was active in the 1960s and 1970s -- considered by experts to be the heyday of the Agency.

-- The inner workings of the Central Intelligence Agency are the stuff of legend, and have formed the basis for scores of successful movies, books, and TV shows.

-- Since the horrific events of 9/11, Washington has given the CIA a virtual blank check to improve their intelligence gathering capabilities. The public's awareness of CIA activities is at an all-time high; people want to know how their government is working to protect them-and the CIA is at the forefront.

It's been said that spying is the world's second oldest profession. The Central Intelligence Agency is without a doubt the most mysterious of all US law enforcement agencies. The CIA's primary mission is to collect, evaluate, and disseminate foreign intelligence to assist the President and senior U.S. governmental policymakers in making decisions relating to national security. To this end, the Agency recruits the finest minds in the fields of science, engineering, economics, linguistics, mathematics, and computer science. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the CIA will also detail the origins of the agency, its often colorful and sometimes even comical missions (.i.e., poisoning Fidel Castro's beard); its evolution from the O.S.S.; its failures and successes, the key players past, present, and future; the CIA's role in wartime and in peacetime; and where the rapidly unfolding events of a very unstable world will take the Agency in the 21st century.

 

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Contents

Contents
1
A Whos Who of the CIA
13
Countering Drugs Terror and Nuclear Proliferation
28
A Tour of CIA Headquarters
31
The Intelligence
37
Air Force Intelligence
43
So You Want to Be a Spy?
49
Fathers of Intelligence
63
Spying from Above
153
Watergate and Other Black Eyes
173
Traitors
181
Keeping the Terror at Bay
191
CIA on the Front Lines
201
The Ongoing War
207
Global Flashpoints in the War on Terror
219
Appendixes
227

The Men Who Have Stood at the Helm
73
Foreign Intelligence Agencies
87
Gadgets and Gizmos
97
The CIA on the Front Lines of the old War
107
The CIA
117
Vietnam and the Gulf
125
Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missiles
137
Mind Control Experiments
145
B Related Intelligence Organizations
233
Tenets Testimony Before Congress
239
CIA Medals and What They Signify
253
E Foreign Terrorist Organizations
255
A Glossary
265
H Bibliography
275
Index
295
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Allan Swenson is a former U.S. Intelligence Officer, trained in the U.S. Army as an Airborne Combat Intelligence officer. He is a lifetime member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, and is one of the founders of its active New England chapter.

Michael Benson is the author of more than 20 books, including The Complete Idiot's Guide® to NASA and the upcoming Encyclopedia of the JFK Assassination (Checkmark Books, 5/02).

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