Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 5, 2008 - History - 832 pages
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All-powerful, brilliant, decisive, ruthlessly effective ... this is the image of the CIA as portrayed in countless films and novels. It is wrong.

This shocking book, based on thousands of declassified documents and interviews with agents at all levels, shows the reality behind the glamorous myth: a blundering, chaotic and dangerously incompetent organization, so ineffective it was nicknamed ‘Can’t Identify Anything’ by Nato forces. In a story of botched coups, missed targets, lost operatives and fatal errors, Tim Weiner shows how the CIA now poses a threat not only to the security of the US, but the world.

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User Review  - ljwohlers - Overstock.com

I purchased this book as a gift for a person who once considered working for the CIA. He is looking forward to finishing the book and passing it on to me. It details some of the political battles ... Read full review


User Review  - Rick46 - Borders

Eye-opening and often disturbing look at a dedicated, but dysfunctional organization. Fascinating look at the history of the CIA, but beyond that a look into the mentality of the various presidents ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times where he has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, and fifteen other nations. He was based for a decade in Washington, DC, where he covered the CIA and the military - the last topic being the basis for his famous book Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget.

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