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Secret and sanctioned : covert operations and the American presidency

Author: Stephen F Knott
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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Today, the term "covert operations" makes us think of American-backed mercenaries in guerrilla camps, or CIA agents plotting coups. In the public imagination, these kinds of operations--often seeming to go over the line, and always hidden from Congress and the American people--are a rogue offspring of the Cold War, and perhaps even a violation of our democratic ideals. But in this fascinating volume, Stephen F.  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen F Knott
ISBN: 0195100980 9780195100983
OCLC Number: 32546619
Description: x, 258 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: George Washington and the founding of American clandestine activity --
Hamilton and Jay : the Constitution, the Federalist, and "the business of intelligence" --
The contingency fund --
Options short of war : Thomas Jefferson's clandestine foreign policy --
The era of covert expansion : part 1, 1809-1829 --
The era of covert expansion : part 2, 1829-1849 --
Civil War and aftermath : the birth of the modern intelligence bureaucracy --
The distorted legacy : the rise of Congressional control of clandestine operations --
Appendix: Presidents and Secretaries of State cited in this work.
Responsibility: Stephen F. Knott.
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Challenging the notion that covert operations are a 20th-century American phenomenon, Knott presents a study of US clandestine operations extending back to the American Revolution and shows that such  Read more...


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timely book ... an intelligent contribution to the difficult debate of how to reconcile covert operations with democratic institutions * Raymond Seitz, The Sunday Telegraph *

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