The Complete Idiot's Guide to the CIA
-- 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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A Whos Who of the CIA
Countering Drugs Terror and Nuclear Proliferation
A Tour of CIA Headquarters
Air Force Intelligence
So You Want to Be a Spy?
Fathers of Intelligence
Spying from Above
Watergate and Other Black Eyes
Keeping the Terror at Bay
CIA on the Front Lines
The Ongoing War
Global Flashpoints in the War on Terror
The Men Who Have Stood at the Helm
Foreign Intelligence Agencies
Gadgets and Gizmos
The CIA on the Front Lines of the old War
Vietnam and the Gulf
Bay of Pigs and Cuban Missiles
Mind Control Experiments