Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby

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Oxford University Press, 2003 - History - 380 pages
From his years as America's point man in Vietnam to his mysterious death in 1996, William E. Colby was one of the most enigmatic figures of the Cold War. Whether it was in CIA operations against Russia, anti-Communism in Western Europe, covert action in Southeast Asia, or its involvement in the Watergate affair, Colby stood at the center of the agency's secret activities.
Lost Crusader for the first time uncovers the real story of this master spy, from his beginnings in the OSS to his tumultuous years as Director of Central Intelligence in the 1970s. Reviled by many outside the CIA for his role in Vietnam, he was later cast as a scapegoat by the Nixon White House during the Church and Pike congressional investigations of CIA activities.
Based on extensive research and interviews with key participants, John Prados offers new revelations on the CIA in Western Europe and elsewhere: a fresh analysis of the notorious Phoenix program in Vietnam, and the most authoritative account of agency involvement in the bloody Indonesian coup of 1965 that overthrew Sukarno and brought General Suharto to power. Moreover, Prados has uncovered new evidence on the CIA's role in the 1963 assassination of President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam and also furnishes the first account of the action at the top level of the CIA during the final demise of South Vietnam in 1975.
A masterful study of a master spy, Lost Crusader offers vital insight into the Cold War, Vietnam, and the inner workings of the CIA.

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Can America find it in its heart to love—or at least forgive—one of the architects of the Vietnam debacle and the Cold War?National Security Archive researcher and espionage historian Prados (The ... Read full review

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From World War II to his mysterious drowning in 1996, William Colby spent most of his professional career in U.S. intelligence. Prados, a senior researcher in the National Security Archive who has ... Read full review


The Mystery of Bill Colby
Baptism of Fire
Tianjin to Trondheim
The Crusade Begins
Political Action
Journey to the East
A Bigger Stage to Play On
Death in November
Rising from Ashes
The Fall of Phoenix
Back to Langley
The Top Floor
The Year of Intelligence
Intelligence in a Free Society
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Arc of Crisis
Exhilaration of War

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About the author (2003)

John Prados is a senior researcher at the National Security Archive in Washington. He is one of America's leading historians of intelligence and espionage, and the author of ten other books, including Presidents' Secret Wars and Combined Fleet Decoded. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Columbia University.

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