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The Secret History of the CIA (edition 2001)

by Joseph J. Trento

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Title:The Secret History of the CIA
Authors:Joseph J. Trento
Info:Prima Lifestyles (2001), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 576 pages
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In this uneven but fascinating account, Trento relies on the personal stories of a few first-hand witnesses. It is in these accounts that the main contribution of Trento is clear. It is less a history than a synthesized account of these witnesses.

Trento explains his interest in the CIA which began in 1976 when William Corson, a retired CIA senior officer, opened for him the doors of the CIA's arcane world. Corson introduced Trento to James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's legendary Chief of counterintelligence, who eventually put him in contact with Robert T. Crowley, another ex-CIA officer and a close friend of Corson.

The work roughly covers the same ground as Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA, by Tim Weiner, but the works are totally different.
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Joseph J. Trento's character-driven history of the flawed and often destructive Central Intelligence Agency profiles the men and women who have run the agency from its inception up to the present era. Trento uses his formidable reporting skills to guide the reader through the agency's most important successes and failures, from its earliest role as opponent of the Soviet empire to its later functions during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. As the facts pile up, the CIA proves itself to be an organization plagued by alcoholism, antagonism, and bureaucracy. The result of more than a decade of research and hundreds of interviews with spies and double agents, The Secret History of the CIA penetrates the carefully orchestrated culture of secrecy that has allowed the agency to suffer from the weaknesses of its highest members, away from the media's scrutiny. Reaching conclusions that are as astonishing as they are impossible to dismiss, this is a fascinating introduction to some of the most colorful and deceitful personalities in the history of our nation, and one that will forever alter every reader's awareness not just of our intelligence services but also of contemporary American history. Numerous photographs are included.

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