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From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

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The only person to rise from entry-level analyst to Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and to serve on the White House staffs of four Presidents, Robert M. Gates knows firsthand the deepest secrets of the Cold War.

Drawing on his personal experiences in the CIA and on the National Security Council staff in the White House, as well as on intimate knowledge of CIA documents and activities never before revealed, Gates tells how the Cold War was really fought. From Nixon's detente policy to Reagan's arming of the Mujahedin in their war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, he tells the true story of American policy toward the Soviet Union, placing special emphasis on the White House and the CIA.

Gates shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, there was extraordinary continuity of policy from one President to the next, most strikingly from Carter to Reagan: the former laid the foundations for many of the latter's policies, including CIA covert action in the Third World, efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the Soviet regime at home, continued strategic modernization, and the conduct of economic warfare against the USSR — policies all dramatically expanded and pursued with enthusiasm by Reagan.

Brimming with eyewitness accounts of historic meetings, epic internal battles over policy, secret missions, covert operations, and other intelligence activities, From the Shadows challenges much of the conventional wisdom about the events and personalities of the period. Among Gates's revelations: Carter's covert program to encourage the dissident movement and provoke ethnic unrest in the USSR, and how the State Department and the CIA secretly collaborated to block the effort; CIApredictions of a conservative coup against Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Union, two years before these events occurred; CIA and KGB "black operations" against each other; the secret relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Kremlin; the three secret CIA-KGB "summits".

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"Both the KGB and the CIA, Gates divulges, sponsored countless 'black operations' — forgeries, lies, dirty tricks and other covert propaganda activities designed to embarrass and discredit the other side." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"The vetted text delivers a surprising measure of jocose particulars and tricks-of-the-trade disclosures." Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Robert M. Gates is President of Texas A&M University. He served as Director of Central Intelligence from 1991 to 1993, where he headed all foreign intelligence agencies of the U.S. and directed the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Laurie Blum, November 30, 2006 (view all comments by Laurie Blum)
"From the Shadows" by Robert M. Gates should be required reading for every person in the United States that is qualified to vote - fascinating!
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Paul Vogl, November 25, 2006 (view all comments by Paul Vogl)
Now that Robert Gates is President Bush's nominee for Secretary of Defense--with a good chance of quick Senate approval--it may be a good time to read what he has to say about US foreign policy and how the Executive Branch uses intelligence to make policy. Gates was a controversial official both within and outside of the CIA, and that may not change at Defense, but his memoir of his years in the National Security Council and CIA is a fair view of what was going on from the Richard Nixon to the George H. Bush administrations. He has something positive to say about both the Republican and Democratic Presidents, and often relates anecdotes with a healthy dose of irony. With some of those same players back in office under George W. Bush, Gates's observations and experiences are relevant and should be of interest to everyone concerned about the direction of US foreign and defense policy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684834979
Subtitle:
The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War
Author:
Gates, Robert M.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
Soviet Union
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
no. 30
Publication Date:
19970507
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 32.064 oz

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"Review" by , "The vetted text delivers a surprising measure of jocose particulars and tricks-of-the-trade disclosures."
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