The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government, to 1950

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Penn State Press, 1990 - Political Science - 509 pages
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This unique history offers the most detailed and best documented account of the early years of the CIA currently available. It reveals the political and bureaucratic struggles that accompanied the creation of the modern U. S. intelligence community. In addition, it proposes a theory of effective intelligence organization, applied both to the movement to create the CIA and to the form it eventually took.

The period covered by this study was crucially important because it was during this time that the main battles over the establishment, responsibilities, and turf of the agency were fought. Many of these disputes framed the forty years, such as the relationship of the CIA to other government agency intelligence operations, the role of covert action, and Congressional oversight of the intelligence community.

The sources upon which Darling drew for this study include the files of the National Security Council, the wartime files of the OSS, and interviews and correspondence with many of the principal players.


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This close-up study presents important details on the CIA's upper-echelon from its origin with General Donovan through the administrations of its first three directors, Admiral Souers, General ... Read full review

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涉及到凯南的the inauguration of organized political warfare


Origins in
Plans in Peacetime
Beginnings under Souers
Vandenbergs Regime
Action by Congress 19471949
Covert Operations
Investigation 19481949
Change 19491950
Decisions 1950

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About the author (1990)

Arthur B. Darling taught American history at Yale University and Phillips Academy. From 1952 to 1954 he served as historian for the CIA.

Bruce D. Berkowitz has held various positions in the intelligence community and also served on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Allan E. Goodman, Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, was employed by the CIA from 1975 to 1980, serving as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence in 1979-1980.

Berkowitz and Goodman are the authors of Strategic Intelligence for American National Security (1989).

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