xvii, 702 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Author's note pt. 1. In the beginning, we knew nothing : the CIA under Truman, 1945-1953 1. Intelligence must be global and totalitarian 2. The logic of force 3. Fight fire with fire 4. The most secret thing 5. A rich blind man 6. They were suicide missions 7. A vast field of illusion 2. A strange kind of genius : the CIA under Eisenhower, 1953 to 1961 8. We have no plan 9. CIA's greatest single triumph 10. Bomb repeat bomb 11. And then we'll have a storm 12. We ran it in a different way 13. Wishful blindness 14. Ham-handed operations of all kinds 15. A very strange war 16. He was lying down and he was lying up pt. 3. Lost causes : the CIA under Kennedy and Johnson, 1961 to 1968 17. Nobody knew what to do 18. We had also fooled ourselves 19. We'd be delighted to trade those missiles 20. Hey, boss, we did a good job, didn't we? 21. I thought it was a conspiracy 22. An ominous drift 23. More courage than wisdom 24. The beginning of a long slide downwards 25. We knew then that we could not win the war 26. A political H-bomb 27. Track down the foreign communists pt. 4. Get rid of the clowns : the CIA under Nixon and Ford, 1968 to 1977 28. What the hell do those clowns do out there in Langley? 29. USG wants a military solution 30. We are going to catch a lot of hell 31. To change the concept of a secret service 32. A classic fascist ideal 33. The CIA would be destroyed 34. Saigon signing off 35. Ineffective and scared pt. 5. Victory without joy : the CIA under Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, 1977 to 1993 36. He sought to overthrow their system 37. We were just plain asleep 38. A free-lance buccaneer 39. In a dangerous way 40. He was running a great risk 41. A con man's con man 42. To think the unthinkable 43. What are we going to do when the wall comes down? gpt. 6. The reckoning : the CIA under Clinton and George W. Bush, 1993 to 2007 44. We had no facts 45. Why in the world didn't we know? 46. We're in trouble 47. The threat could not be more real 48. The dark side 49. A grave mistake 50. The burial ceremony Acknowledgments Notes Index.
Here is the hidden history of the CIA: why eleven presidents and three generations of CIA officers have been unable to understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security. For sixty years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, burying its blunders in top-secret archives. Its mission was to know the world--when it did not succeed, it set out to change the world instead. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA, based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence.--From publisher description.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.