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The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future (edition 2021)

by Chris Whipple (Author)

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"Only eleven men and one woman are alive today who have made the life-and-death decisions that come with running the world's most powerful and influential intelligence service. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals plus several of their predecessors, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president alone, but whose activities--spying, espionage, and covert action--take place on every continent. At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms's refusal to conceal Richard Nixon's criminality and continuing to the present as the actions of a CIA whistleblower have ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Since its inception in 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency has been a powerful player on the world stage, operating largely in the shadows to protect American interests. For The Spymasters, Whipple conducted extensive, exclusive interviews with nearly every living CIA director, pulling back the curtain on the world's elite spy agencies and showing how the CIA partners--or clashes--with counterparts in Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Topics covered in the book include attempts by presidents to use the agency for their own ends; simmering problems in the Middle East and Asia; rogue nuclear threats; and cyberwarfare"--… (more)
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Title:The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future
Authors:Chris Whipple (Author)
Info:Scribner (2021), 416 pages
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Just as good as his other book "Gatekeepers", which is about the chiefs of staff to the president of the last 50 years or so. Just like this book does with C.I.A. directors, you get a really insightful and different perspective on American history and world events, and I enjoyed learning about people who have literally changed the direction of history by the decisions they made- and it gives detail to what some of those people were like outside of the short bio's you may or may not be familiar with. I hope he plans on writing another book and if he does it will be something I won't pass up. ( )
  booksonbooksonbooks | Jul 24, 2023 |
Just as good as his other book "Gatekeepers", which is about the chiefs of staff to the president of the last 50 years or so. Just like this book does with C.I.A. directors, you get a really insightful and different perspective on American history and world events, and I enjoyed learning about people who have literally changed the direction of history by the decisions they made- and it gives detail to what some of those people were like outside of the short bio's you may or may not be familiar with. I hope he plans on writing another book and if he does it will be something I won't pass up. ( )
  booksonbooksonbooks | Jul 24, 2023 |
Chris Whipple's "The Spymasters" is a comprehensive look at the leadership and workings of the U.S. intelligence services. Many failures and a few successes are reviewed in clear, sometimes colorful, and interesting details. I enjoyed the read but a person with a pro-Trump bias would be put-off by the chapter on his administration.
  RonWelton | Nov 26, 2020 |
Just as good as his other book "Gatekeepers", which is about the chiefs of staff to the president of the last 50 years or so. Just like this book does with C.I.A. directors, you get a really insightful and different perspective on American history and world events, and I enjoyed learning about people who have literally changed the direction of history by the decisions they made- and it gives detail to what some of those people were like outside of the short bio's you may or may not be familiar with. I hope he plans on writing another book and if he does it will be something I won't pass up. ( )
  swmproblems | Nov 3, 2020 |
An easily read and digestible book on the men and women who have led the CIA. The personalities, the successes and the failures, the results (intended and unexpected). The book flows along well, from director to director. Along with a lot of personal insights by the former directors.
Where the book really shines, in my opinion, is in what it tells of the events of the past several years. Truly horrifying. Let's hope the cooler heads prevail. ( )
  1Randal | Apr 5, 2020 |
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"Only eleven men and one woman are alive today who have made the life-and-death decisions that come with running the world's most powerful and influential intelligence service. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals plus several of their predecessors, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president alone, but whose activities--spying, espionage, and covert action--take place on every continent. At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms's refusal to conceal Richard Nixon's criminality and continuing to the present as the actions of a CIA whistleblower have ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Since its inception in 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency has been a powerful player on the world stage, operating largely in the shadows to protect American interests. For The Spymasters, Whipple conducted extensive, exclusive interviews with nearly every living CIA director, pulling back the curtain on the world's elite spy agencies and showing how the CIA partners--or clashes--with counterparts in Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Topics covered in the book include attempts by presidents to use the agency for their own ends; simmering problems in the Middle East and Asia; rogue nuclear threats; and cyberwarfare"--

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