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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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For the last sixty years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, burying its blunders in top-secret archives. Its mission was to know the world. When it did not succeed, it set out to change the world. Its failures have handed us, in the words of President Eisenhower, “a legacy of ashes.”

Now Pulitzer Prize–winning author Tim Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA—and everything is on the record. LEGACY OF ASHES is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence. It takes the CIA from its creation after World War II, through its battles in the cold war and the war on terror, to its near-collapse after 9/ll.

Tim Weiner’s past work on the CIA and American intelligence was hailed as “impressively reported” and “immensely entertaining” in The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal called it “truly extraordinary . . . the best book ever written on a case of espionage.” Here is the hidden history of the CIA: why eleven presidents and three generations of CIA officers have been unable to understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

For the last 60 years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA--and everything is on the record.

Synopsis:

With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.

About the Author

Tim Weiner is a reporter for The New York Times. He has written on American intelligence for twenty years, and won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on secret national security programs. He has traveled to Afghanistan and other nations to investigate CIA covert operations firsthand. This is his third book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307389008
Subtitle:
The History of the CIA
Author:
Weiner, Tim
Publisher:
Anchor
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States History 1945-
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
history;cia;non-fiction;politics;espionage;intelligence;cold war;american history;usa;us history;20th century;central intelligence agency;government;political;national book award;spy;war;american;21st century;america
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080520
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 PP BandW
Pages:
848
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 1.7 in 1.71 lb

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"Synopsis" by , For the last 60 years, the CIA has managed to maintain a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record. Now Pulitzer Prize-winning author Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA--and everything is on the record.
"Synopsis" by , With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.
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