Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - 696 pagine
"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 wider application than just the cold war conflict with the Soviet Union. The question of what, exactly, these operations have contributed to U.S. policy has long been neglected in the rush to accuse the CIA of being a "rogue elephant" or merely listing its nefarious deeds. Safe for Democracy for the first time places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic values and institutions. National security historian John Prados offers a comprehensive history of the CIA's secret wars that is as close to a definitive account as is possible today. He draws on three decades of research to illuminate the men and women of the intelligence establishment, their resources and techniques, their triumphs and failures. In a dramatic and revealing narrative, Safe for Democrac not only relates the inside stories of covert operations but examines in meticulous detail the efforts of presidents and Congress to control the CIA and the specific choices made in the agency's secret wars. Along the way Mr. Prados offers eye-opening accounts of the covert actions themselves, from radically revised interpretations of classic operations like Iran, Guatemala, Chile, and the Bay of Pigs; to lesser-known projects like Tibet and Angola; to virtually unknown tales of the CIA in Guyana and Ghana. He supplies full accounts of Reagan-era operations in Nicaragua and Afghanistan, and brings the story up to date with accounts of more recent activities in Somalia, Bosnia, and Iraq, all the while keeping American foreign policy goals in view"--Publisher's website.
 

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This was a difficult book for me to rate, and even more difficult to review. It is also rather remarkable that bad reviews of this book can come from both sides of the fence, those who defend the CIA ... Leggi recensione completa

Indice

The Gamut of Secret Operations
3
The Cold War Crucible
28
The Secret Warriors
42
The Kind of Experience We Need
58
The Covert Legions
78
Bitter Fruits
97
Adventures in Asia
124
Acceptable Norms of Human Conduct Do Not Apply
145
Global Reach
366
The Southern Cone
396
The Mountains of Allah
467
The Reagan Revolution
493
Bill Caseys War
507
Project Democracy
539
Full Circle
572
The Struggle for Control
606

Archipelago
162
The War for the Roof of the World
184
Another Black Hole of Calcutta
204
The Bay of Pigs Failure at Playa Girón
236
Cold War and Counterrevolution
273
The Secret War Against Castro
298
War in Southeast Asia
337
Safe for Democracy
640
Notes
649
A Note on Sources
675
Index
679
A Note on the Author
697
Copyright

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