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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Tim Weiner (Author)

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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.… (more)
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Title:Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Authors:Tim Weiner (Author)
Info:Vintage (2008), Edition: Reprint, 848 pages
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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim WEINER (2007)

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I received this book as a gift in 2008 or 2009, and finally got around to reading it in 2023. It was a very interesting history, which, though lengthy, moved along quickly through each time period and historical event, almost a page turner at times. Though I was aware of the questionable covert practices during battles to combat terrorism, I was surprised to read the long history of apparently botched missions and minimal effectiveness in gathering and analyzing intelligence. After finishing the book, I learned that the CIA put out a statement refuting the conclusions of the author, and although the book was favorably reviewed in the journalistic arena, it was criticized in some academic circles. It would be interesting to read an account of what has transpired following the publishing date of this book, and views from a different perspective. ( )
  jspurdy | Jan 10, 2024 |
Vel skrifað og rannsakað verðlaunarit. Í því upplýsir Weiner klúðri ofan á klúður einnar stærstu og öflugustu leyniþjónustu heims. Saga CIA er raunar tóm harmsaga og mikið verri en ég hafði áttað mig á. Yfirmenn leyniþjónustunnar lugu að forsetanum, unnu gegn fyrirmælum hans, brutu eigin reglugerðir, afbökuðu staðreyndir og arfleifð CIA er í raun eintóm aska líkt og Eisenhower fyrrum forseti BNA komst að orði. ( )
  SkuliSael | Apr 28, 2022 |
History of the CIA. Not a pretty picture - ethics aren't in play. ( )
  addunn3 | Dec 19, 2020 |
Must read for any American. Then read some reviews, read the cia.gov apologia, but this is a devastating history of which we are all responsible. ( )
  tmph | Sep 13, 2020 |
An impressively comprehensive history that somehow manages to be eminently readable and easy-to-follow.

This is a history to terrify us. The abject failure of American intelligence gathering from beginning to end boggles the mind. It sheds light on a heretofore largely unknown perspective on the history of America and its role on the world stage from the conclusion of World War II to our most recent war in Iraq.

I'm anxious to see if this book gets a new release in the next few years with updated information. We've seen almost another decade pass since it was written - it only covers through 2005. It would be useful to know what's happened since then. ( )
  johnthelibrarian | Aug 11, 2020 |
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BERG, Corrie VAN DENTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
ENDERWITZ, Elkesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
ENDERWITZ, Ulrichsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
RAMOS, Francisco J.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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