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“If American espionage continues to be a bastion of democracy, democracy remains the scourge of espionage.”
With the spy’s prevalence in popular fiction, it is argued that through common misuse the term “intelligence” now loosely includes covert and paramilitary operations.
From private detectives to the attaché system, and a host of agencies vying for dominance in between, espionage has long been a part of the very fabric of America.
In time State Department involvement led to a greater emphasis on processing and distributing intelligence in the interests of national security, rather than simply gathering it.
Facing the same questions as a peacetime military establishment, their purpose was ruthlessly scrutinised, the threat of reduction or disbandment ever present.
People respected the need for intelligence, yet given reason would criticise its instruments. It is an argument still alive today.
Focusing on the fifty years preceding the CIA’s founding and laced with anecdotes, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones follows America’s political development of continuous central intelligence.
<h2>Praise for Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones</h2>
‘This book will be welcomed; it fills a crucial gap in our knowledge and understanding in a field that is virtually untouched by serious, documentary scholarship. The author has done a credible job of research and has come up with some persuasive arguments.’ — Richard Kohn, Rutgers University, author of <em>Eagle and Sword</em>
‘A brief, yet subtle and penetrating, account of the Central Intelligence Agency.’ — Leonard Bushkoff, <em>Christian Science Monitor</em>
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones is a Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Edinburgh, and respected authority on the history of American intelligence. He has written numerous works on the subject, as well as on women and foreign policy, Vietnam and the American Left.
bound: 400 pages
publisher: Endeavour Press (April 2, 2017)
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