Inside the CIA

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 1, 1994 - History - 400 pages
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Ronald Kessler's explosive bestseller, "The FBI," brought down FBI Director William S. Sessions. Now, in this unparalleled work of investigative journalism, Kessler reveals the inner world of the CIA. Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active Directors of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates, and with three former DCI's "Inside The CIA" is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency's core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes. Kessler reveals how: CIA analysts botched the job of foreseeing the Soviet economy's collapsethe Agency spies on every country in the world except Great Britain, Australia, and Canadathe CIA undertakes covert action to influence or overthrow foreign governments or political partiesthe Agency trains its officers to break the laws of other countries "Inside The CIA" is an extraordinary guide to the world's most successful house of spies.
 

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Multiple prize-winning reporter and best-selling author Kessler, whose books on the FBI (he's written a number of critiques of federal institutions, e.g., The FBI, Audio Reviews, LJ 9/1/96) toppled ... Read full review

Inside the CIA: revealing the secrets of the world's most powerful spy agency

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Kessler ( Escape from the CIA , LJ 5/15/91) returns to "the Company'' to relate how it has evolved since the mid-1970s. Here, he describes the organizational structure of the CIA, along with the ... Read full review

Contents

The Real CIA
3
Bikinis
14
Courtship
20
Falling in Love
32
Castros Beard
49
Weather Balloons
59
New Targets
69
The Rogue Elephant
78
Too Little Too Late
147
Triumph
156
PART IV
169
Laundering Money
171
Langley
174
Keystone Cops
189
Getting the Bugs
202
PART V
217

PART II
95
Seeing Through Clouds
97
Crateology
105
James Bond
111
PART III
119
MirrorImaging
121
Trying to Cook the Books
135
Selling the Agency
269
The Lawyers
300
The Future
310
Epilogue
321
Directors of Central Intelligence
337
Selected Bibliography
355
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Ronald Kessler was born in New York City in 1943. He grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is an American journalist and author of 20 nonfiction books. Kessler worked at the Washington Post for many years. After this he began to write books about current affairs and national intelligence topics. Four of his books were listed on the hardcover nonfiction New York Times Best Seller list. In 2009 he published In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes With Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect. Kessler's The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents (Crown 2014) made the New York Times bestseller list in August 2014.

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