Presidents' secret wars: CIA and Pentagon covert operations from World War II through the Persian Gulf

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I.R. Dee, 1996 - History - 572 pages
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In this newly revised and updated edition of his essential work, John Prados adds his concluding findings on U.S. covert operations in Angola, Afghanistan, Nicaragua, and the Persian Gulf. Acclaimed as a landmark book about U.S. intelligence agencies in the postwar era, Presidents' Secret Wars describes the secret warfare mounted by the president, the CIA, and the Pentagon'Ź ;operations aimed at altering the destinies of nations and the course of global politics. Mr. Prados uses many newly declassified documents to open a vital window on this most secret aspect of American foreign policy. "A worthy and informative book"'Ź ;Washington Post. "An important book....Prados's recounting of the often neglected early days of the C.I.A. and its covert activities is especially enlightening."'Ź ;New York Times Book Review. 'ŹSFor those concerned with the study of intelligence, Presidents' Secret Wars will be highly useful because Dr. Prados has done serious archival research....This volume moves the study of covert operations to a higher and more sophisticated plane"'Ź ;Intelligence and National Security.

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Richard Russell was a mentor of LBJ among others and a long standing Senator from Georgia. Unfortunately, in the "President's Secret Wars" you claim he was from Louisiana. At the time Allen Ellender and Russell Long were the Democrat potentates in that state.

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This book provides highly detailed accounts of some of the CIA's activies. This detail is needed for research and assembles volumes of knowledge from source documentation into a coherent, interesting story. Highly recommended!


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John Prados is a senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., and holds a Ph.D. in political science (international relations) from Columbia University. He is the author of numerous books, including "Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby" (Oxford, 2003), "Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975" (University Press of Kansas, 2009), and "Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA" (Ivan R. Dee, 2009). His work has focused on national security, presidential decision making, intelligence and military history, and Southeast Asia. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland

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