Wedge: From Pearl Harbor to 9/11: How the Secret War between the FBI and CIA Has Endangered National Security

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - History - 592 pages
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Prophetic when first published, even more relevant now, Wedge is the classic, definitive story of the secret war America has waged against itself.

Based on scores of interviews with former spies and thousands of declassified documents, Wedge reveals and re-creates -- battle by battle, bungle by bungle -- the epic clash that has made America uniquely vulnerable to its enemies. For more than six decades, the opposed and overlapping missions of the FBI and CIA -- and the rival personalities of cops and spies -- have caused fistfights and turf tangles, breakdowns and cover-ups, public scandals and tragic deaths.

A grand panorama of dramatic episodes, peopled by picaresque secret agents from Ian Fleming to Oliver North, Wedge is both a journey and a warning. From Pearl Harbor, McCarthyism, and the plots to kill Castro through the JFK assassination, Watergate, and Iran Contra down to the Aldrich Ames affair, Robert Hanssen's treachery, and the hunt for Al Qaeda -- Wedge shows the price America has paid for its failure to resolve the conflict between law enforcement and intelligence.

Gripping and authoritative -- and updated with an important new epilogue, carrying the action through to September 11, 2001 -- Wedge is the only book about the schism that has informed nearly every major blunder in American espionage.
 

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WEDGE: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A brilliant first book chronicling the bitter rivalry of the FBI and CIA from WW II, when the CIA had its roots in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), through the present. Riebling, who has been ... Read full review

Wedge: the secret war between the FBI and CIA

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The conflict between the FBI and the CIA over publicity, money, and scope of operations is old news, but this book does an adequate job of putting it all in perspective. Riebling reviews accusations ... Read full review

Contents

For Special Services
3
THE WA R AGAINST WILD BILL
17
The Tricycle Trust I
19
NoMansLand 3 I
31
Double Cross
44
American Gestapo
56
AMERICAs JAMEs Bond
81
Shakedown Cruise
83
Wedge
236
CHAOS
257
The Hydra Project
259
The Sullivan Plot
275
Smoking Gun
295
Blowback 3 I 5
315
The Last Buccaneers
345
Here Comes the Judge
381

A Poisoned Chalice I
111
The Gray Ghost I 33
133
Licensed to Kill
161
THE POETRY OF DECEPTION
177
A Mind of Winter
179
Sinister Implications
198
Molehunt 2 I 9
219
The Fall of Babylon
405
The Keys to the Kingdom
429
Epilogue
453
Afterword
473
I
551
Index
565
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The FBI: A History
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
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About the author (2010)

Mark Riebling is editorial director at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. He has written on national-security issues for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the National Review. He lives in New York City.

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