Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 20, 2008 - History - 848 pages
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With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.


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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

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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

Contents

PART TWO A Strange Kind of Genius
81
BoMB REPEAT BoMB
106
AND THEN well HAVE A stor M
120
we RAN IT IN A DIFFERENT way
133
wish FUL BLINDNEss║ 14
141
HAMHANDED oper ATIONs of ALL KINDs
157
A WERY STRANGE WAR
164
HE WAS LYING DOWN AND HE WAS LYING UP 1 79
190
TO CHANGE THE CONCEPT OF A SECRET SERVICE
376
A CLASSIC FASCIST IDEAL 38 2
382
THE CIA WOULD BE DESTROYED
388
SAIGON SIGNING OFF
394
INEFFECTIVE AND SCARED
401
PART FIVE Victory Without Joy The CIA Under Carter Reagan and George H W Bush 1977 to 1993
411
HE SOUGHT TO OVERTHROW THEIR SYSTEM
413
WE WERE JUST PLAIN ASLEEP
426

PART THREE Lost Causes The CIA Under Kennedy and Johnson 1961 to 1968
195
NOBODY KNEW WHAT TO DO
197
WE HAD ALSO FOOLED OURSELVES
218
WED BE DELIGHTED TO TRADE THOSE MISSILES
229
HEY Boss we DID A Good JoB DIDNT WE2
242
I THOUGHT IT WAS A CONSPIRACY
256
AN OMINOUS DRIFT
272
MORE COURAGE THAN WISDOM
281
THE BEGINNING OF A LONG SLIDE DOWNWARDS
287
WE KNEW THEN THAT WE COULD NOT WIN THE WAR
305
A POLITICAL HBOMB
311
TRACK DOWN THE FOREIGN COMMUNISTS 229
329
PART FOUR Get Rid of the Clowns The CIA Under Nixon and Ford 1968 to 1977
335
WHAT THE HELL DO THOSE CLOWNS DO OUT THERE IN LANGLEY2
337
USG WANTS A MILITARY SOLUTION 3 54
354
WE ARE GOING TO CATCH A LOT OF HELL
368
A FREELANCE Buccane ER
434
INA DANGEROUs way
449
To THINK THE UNTHINKABLE
478
what ARE we GoING To Do when THE WALL comes Down?
489
PART SIX The Reckoning
505
why IN THE world DIDNT we KNow?
517
weRE IN TRouBLE
524
THE THREAT could Not Be MoRE REAL
539
THE DARK side
551
A GRAVE MISTAKE
562
THE BURIAL CEREMONY
575
AFTERWORD
595
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
603
INDEX
779
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About the author (2008)

Tim Weiner, a reporter for The New York Times, has filed stories from inside the CIA and around the world for twenty years. He is a past winner of the Pulitzer Prize for covering national security. This is his third book.


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