Spymasters: Ten CIA Officers in Their Own Words

Spymasters: Ten CIA Officers in Their Own Words

by Ralph Weber

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Spymasters is a collection of interviews revealing enlightening perspectives on the covert operations of this powerful, secretive arm of the U.S. government. Here former top-ranking CIA officials shed light on some of the most sensitive issues and practices in American foreign intelligence to date. These men disclose information about:

  • President Harry S. Truman's demands for a centralized intelligence agency and the stubborn resistance of James F. Byrnes, J. Edgar Hoover, and the military services

  • the tumultuous early stages of the National Security Council

  • the failed Bay of Pigs invasion

  • the confusion surrounding the Kennedy assassination

  • Khrushchev's ousting

  • Operation MONGOOSE

  • the Gulf of Tonkin incident

  • The interviews are especially valuable for their portrayal of the relationships between the agency's directors and the presidents during the most anxious and threatening decades of the Cold War. The CIA's successes and failures are recounted and carefully evaluated by the men who were there, often times issuing the orders.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781461642572
    Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
    Publication date: 01/01/2002
    Sold by: Barnes & Noble
    Format: NOOK Book
    Pages: 356
    File size: 2 MB

    About the Author

    Ralph E. Weber is professor of history at Marquette University and a former scholar in residence at the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the National Security Agency.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1 Sidney W. Souers
    Chapter 2 Allen W. Dulles
    Chapter 3 Richard Md. Bissell
    Chapter 4 Samuel Halpern
    Chapter 5 Lyman B. Kirkpatrick, Jr.
    Chapter 6 Robert Amory, Jr.
    Chapter 7 Ray S. Cline
    Chapter 8 John A. McCone
    Chapter 9 Richard M. Helms
    Chapter 10 William E. Colby

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