The CIA & American Democracy

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Yale University Press, Feb 8, 2003 - History - 348 pages
This edition of the “brief, yet subtle and penetrating account” of the CIA includes a new prologue covering the agency’s more recent history (Christian Science Monitor).
 
Now in its third edition, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones’s comprehensive history of the Central Intelligence Agency is widely acclaimed for its thorough and even-handed analysis. A renowned U.S. intelligence expert, Jeffreys-Jones chronicles the evolution of the agency from its beginning in 1947 to the present day. With clarity and acuity, he examines the CIA’s activities during some of the most dramatic episodes in American history, from McCarthyism to the Bay of Pigs, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Iran-Contra affair, and many others.
 
A new prologue by the author also covers the CIA’s history from the end of the Cold War to the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001. A landmark of intelligence history since its first edition in 1989, The CIA and American Democracy is “a judicious and reasonable...sophisticated study” (David P. Calleo, New York Times Book Review).
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
I THE LESSONS OF AMERICAN HISTORY
11
2 THE BIRTH OF THE CIA
24
EXPANSION AND OBFUSCATION
42
A WEAKNESS FOR IMMUNITY
63
5 THE GOLDEN AGE OF OPERATIONS
81
THE FIGHT FOR CREDIBILITY
100
KENNEDY AND THE BAY OF PIGS
118
10 NIXON KISSINGER AND THE FRUITS OF MANIPULATION
176
TOWARD A NEW LEGITIMACY
194
12 RESTRAINED INTELLIGENCE AND THE HALFWON PEACE
216
THE CIA IN THE 19808
229
CONCLUSION
248
LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN THE NOTES
253
NOTES
255
BIBLIOGRAPHY
297

LBJ AND THE CIA TO JUNE I966
139
9 HELMS JOHNSON AND COSMETIC INTELLIGENCE
156

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Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, professor of American history at the University of Edinburgh and author of Peace Now! American Society and the Ending of the Vietnam War (ISBN 0 300 08920 1, pb. [pound]12.50*) and Cloak and Dollar (ISBN 0 300 07474 3, [pound]22.50*), has written extensively on the subject of espionage.

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