REVIEW: Operation Ajax: the Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle East.


This is a four-color shocker and if the holiday gift-giving season is not entirely over, a fine present to a youngster. The facts are hardly unknown—a recent Guardian report, based on British intelligence records, reconfirmed the CIA role in overthrowing the elected and beloved Iranian leader—or even untreated in previous comic art. (Reviewer disclosure: the

REVIEW: The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, by David Talbot

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In The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, David Talbot, the journalist who founded in 1995 and wrote a great book on the lives of John and Robert Kennedy, Brothers (2007), has produced another page-turner that unearths mountains of new evidence about the seamier side of the

REVIEW: Decent Interval: An Insider’s Account of Saigon’s Indecent End Told by the CIA’s Chief Strategy Analyst in Vietnam by Frank Snepp

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Decent Interval: An Insider’s Account of Saigon’s Indecent End Told by the CIA’s Chief Strategy Analyst in Vietnam by Frank Snepp ISBN 0-7006-1213-0 Widely regarded as a classic on the Vietnam War, Decent Interval provides a scathing critique of the CIA’s role in and final departure from that conflict. Still the most detailed and respected

REVIEW: The 25-Year War. America’s Military Role in Vietnam

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The 25-year War: America’s Military Role in Vietnam. by Bruce Palmer, Jr. University of Kentucky Press. 248 pp. $24.00. There are two good reasons for reading this book. First, it is a thoughtful analysis of why we lost the war in Vietnam and how we might have won it. Second, it reveals what the military

REVIEW: DISCIPLES. The World War II missions of the CIA directors who fought for Wild Bill Donovan

Perhaps it was appropriate that four of the Central Intelligence Agency’s more infamous directors learned their tradecraft from “Wild” Bill Donovan, the architect of the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the CIA. The hard-charging Donovan a World War I Medal of Honor recipient, was notorious for tossing caution to the wind



“The book will affect the CIA as a severe body blow does any living organism: some parts obviously will be affected more than others, but the health of the whole is bound to suffer. A considerable number of CIA personnel must be diverted from their normal duties to undertake the meticulous and time-consuming task of

Dismantling the Empire: America’s Last Best Hope


The essential theme of the book is that the U.S. must dismantle its empire or face a future of poverty and strife within a divided nation. As these essays were written over a period of five years, there is some reiteration of information – particularly on the military bases and their costs and effects on

Spies of the First World War


Among the most compelling stories Morton describes are the Belgian resistance networks gathering intelligence for the British army against the Germans during the Great War. ‘La Dame Blanche’, run by a British agent named Henry Landau, came up with a number of ingenious methods of counting German trains, who and what was in them and


Double Agent by Peter Duffy

This is the story of a German-born American citizen named Wilhelm Gottlieb Sebold, who was recruited by Adolf Hitler’s regime to spy on the United States in the early days of World War II and who became, according to Peter Duffy, “the first counterspy in FBI history.” ——————————————————————————————————————————————————– DOUBLE AGENT. The First Hero of World

LEGACY OF ASHES. The History of the CIA


“We went all over the world and we did what we wanted,” said Al Ulmer, the C.I.A.’s Far East division chief in the 1950s. “God, we had fun.” But even their successes turned out to be failures. In 1963, the C.I.A. backed a coup to install the Baath Party in Iraq. “We came to power


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When the senator later looked into the relationship between the president and his CIA director, Richard Helms, he summed it up by remarking that ‘Nixon and Helms have so much on each other, neither of them can breathe.’ ‘Nixon also aggravated the CIA,’ Stone told MailOnline, by demanding their records of of the JFK assassination,

Tiger Trap: America’s Secret Spy War with China

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Chinese espionage against the U.S. since WWII has been mainly focused on two areas, which constitute the two major threads of Wise’s account: 1) stealing U.S. nuclear weapons data housed at Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, and 2) penetrating U.S. counterintelligence. According to Wise, over the past thirty years, China has acquired a

Book Review: Darkmarket. How Hackers Became the New Mafia


By Misha Glenny, Vintage, 2012 It seems like we hear about some incredibly brazen breach of computer security every week. Still, I tend to think of these events as anomalies, the work of rogue hackers and the like. I never really understood just how organized so much of this criminality was. After reading Misha Glenny’s

REVIEW: Stalin’s Secret War. Soviet Counterintelligence Against the Nazis, 1941–1945


By Robert W. Stephan. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004. 349 pages, endnotes, bibliography, appendix, photos, index The study of intelligence (espionage) systems demands a particular mindset from scholars undertaking this sort of research. Evidence is often contradictory, incomplete, and, worst of all, unreliable. It is the kind of subject that challenges historians' patience and

REVIEW: Strategic Intelligence. Windows Into A Secret World


By Loch K. Johnson and James J. Wirtz, eds. Los Angeles: Roxbury Publishing Company, 2004. 473 pages, end of chapter notes, bibliography, charts, tables, index The editors of this anthology have assembled 35 articles on the major functions of the intelligence profession written by intelligence officers, national security journalists, academics, think-tank analysts, novelists, and politicians.

REVIEW: The Shadow Warriors Of Nakano. A History of the Imperial Japanese Army’s Elite Intelligence School


By Stephen C. Mercado. Washington, DC: Brassey’s, 2002. 331 pages, endnotes, bibliography, photos, index Japanese military intelligence during the Second World War is an important topic infrequently investigated in-depth by western scholars. In particular, training for and the execution of Imperial Japanese clandestine operations are obscure and murky areas of study. Nevertheless, Stephen Mercado, a

REVIEW: The Main Enemy. The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB


By Milt Bearden and James Risen. New York: Random House, 2003. 563 pages, note on sources, index Bearden is a former 30 year senior officer of CIA’s clandestine service and Risen is a New York Times investigative reporter. This book covers CIA’s covert operations in Afghanistan to defeat the Soviets. The heart of this fascinating

REVIEW: Charlie Wilson’s War. The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History


By George Crile.  New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. 550 pages, photos, index. FOR most of his 24-year career in the House of Representatives, Charles Wilson was known for his abiding fondness for hot tubs, women and Scotch whiskey. His friends at the Central Intelligence Agency said, only partly in jest, that the Texas Democrat's

REVIEW: Spies for Nimitz. Joint Military Intelligence in the Pacific War.


By Jeffrey M. Moore. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2004. 300 pages, endnotes, bibliography, photos, maps, index It seems like yesterday but it is now more than a decade since I pored over the weekly issues of the bulletin put out by the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific Ocean Areas (JICPOA) while researching my study of