Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
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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Good BookUser 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
ExcellentUser 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