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Safe for democracy : the secret wars of the CIA

Author: John Prados
Publisher: Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"From its founding in the aftermath of World War II, the Central Intelligence Agency has been discovered in the midst of some of the most crucial--and most embarrassing--episodes in United States relations with the world. Richard Nixon's 1969 presidential order that declared CIA covert operations necessary to the attainment of American foreign policy goals was an acknowledgment that secret warfare tools had a much
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Prados, John.
Safe for democracy.
Chicago : Ivan R. Dee, 2006
(OCoLC)607796461
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Prados
ISBN: 1566635748 9781566635745 9781566638234 1566638232
OCLC Number: 64591926
Description: xxxv, 696 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The gamut of secret operations --
Cold war crucible --
The secret warriors --
"The kind of experience we need" --
The covert legions --
Bitter fruits --
Adventures in Asia --
"Acceptable norms of human conduct do not apply" --
Archipelago --
The war for the roof of the world --
"Another Black Hole of Calcutta" --
The Bay of Pigs : failure at Playa Girón --
Cold war and counterrevolution --
The secret war against Castro --
War in Southeast Asia --
Global reach --
The southern cone --
From "rogue elephant" to resurrection --
The mountains of Allah --
The Reagan revolution --
Bill Casey's war --
Project democracy --
Full circle --
The struggle for control --
Safe for democracy.
Other Titles: Secret wars of the CIA
Responsibility: John Prados.
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Offers a history of the CIA's secret wars. This book places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic values and institutions.  Read more...

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Highly readable, this is intelligence history, and intelligent history at its best.--Lloyd Gardner, foreign policy specialist and author Prados... constructs factual narratives of events based on Read more...

 
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