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10 books about the CIA
Pick up one of these featured titles on the CIA in May 2021.
The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future by Chris Whipple
This book was published last year by Scribner and takes approximately 13.3 hours to read.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Gatekeepers, a remarkable, behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to run the world’s most powerful intelligence agency, and how the CIA is often a crucial counterforce against presidents threatening to overstep the powers of their office. Only eleven men and one woman are alive today who have made the life-and-death decisions that come with running the world’s most powerful and influential intelligence service. With unprecedented, deep access to nearly all these individuals plus several of their predecessors, Chris Whipple tells the story of an agency that answers to the United States president alone, but whose activities—spying, espionage, and covert action—take place on every continent. At pivotal moments, the CIA acts as a brake on rogue presidents, starting in the mid-seventies with DCI Richard Helms’s refusal to conceal Richard Nixon’s criminality and continuing to the present as the actions of a CIA whistleblower have ignited impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. Since its inception in 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency has been a powerful player on the world stage, operating largely in the shadows to protect American interests. For The Spymasters, Whipple conducted extensive, exclusive interviews with nearly every living CIA director, pulling back the curtain on the world’s elite spy agencies and showing how the CIA partners—or clashes—with counterparts in Britain, France, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Topics covered in the book include attempts by presidents to use the agency for their own ends; simmering problems in the Middle East and Asia; rogue nuclear threats; and cyberwarfare. A revelatory, behind-the-scenes look, The Spymasters recounts seven decades of CIA activity and elicits predictions about the issues--and threats—that will engage the attention of future operatives and analysts. Including eye-opening interviews with George Tenet, John Brennan, Leon Panetta, and David Petraeus, as well as those who’ve just recently departed the agency, this is a timely, essential, and important contribution to current events.
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder
Category: Television Performers
This book was published last year by St. Martin's Press and takes approximately 9.1 hours to read.
A highly entertaining account of a young woman who went straight from her college sorority to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs "A thrilling tale...Walder’s fast-paced and intense narrative opens a window into life in two of America’s major intelligence agencies" —Publishers Weekly (starred review) When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she’d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity. The Unexpected Spy is the riveting story of Walder's tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. In high-security, steel-walled rooms in Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. She created a chemical terror chart that someone in the White House altered to convey information she did not have or believe, leading to the Iraq invasion. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists—men who swore they’d never speak to a woman—until they gave her leads. She followed trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, shutting down multiple chemical attacks. Then Walder moved to the FBI, where she worked in counterintelligence. In a single year, she helped take down one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught on American soil. Catching the bad guys wasn’t a problem in the FBI, but rampant sexism was. Walder left the FBI to teach young women, encouraging them to find a place in the FBI, CIA, State Department or the Senate—and thus change the world.
The Devil's Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America's Secret Government by David Talbot
Category: United States
This book was published 5 years ago by Harper Perennial and takes approximately 24.0 hours to read.
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The CIA War in Kurdistan: The Untold Story of the Northern Front in the Iraq War by Sam Faddis
This book was published last year by Casemate and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.
Early in the summer of 2002 Faddis and seven other CIA officers crossed from Turkey into the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan to begin their mission ot pave the way for the invasion of Iraq. They returned almost a year later having succeeded beyond all expectations--having tied down 150,000 Iraqi soldiers in the north and ultimately led the way into Mos
The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton
Category: Afghan War
This book was published 8 years ago by Penguin Books and takes approximately 11.7 hours to read.
A counterterrorism spy describes his leadership of the campaign that routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in the weeks after the September 11 attacks, offering insight into the ways in which the Afghanistan campaign changed American warfare.
CIA Lock Picking Manual by Central Intelligence Agency
This book was published 3 years ago by Digireads.com and takes approximately 1.7 hours to read.
Contained here in this volume is a reproduction of the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Field Operative Training Manual on lock picking. This book will provide a basic primer on the many facets of lock picking. The introduction of this little volume has the following to say on the subject: "There has been much opinion and little fact written on the subject of lock picking. It will be my purpose to clarify the facts about this process and at the same time train you in proper procedure so that before you leave this class today, you will at least have picked one lock. Please note that to become truly proficient you must devote much time and patience in the future. In this volume we will discuss not only the fundamental theories of lock picking but proper terminology, the importance of tool design (using the right tool for the right job), the effects of tolerances, and finally the techniques most commonly used by locksmiths to successfully pick the vast majority of standard pin and wafer tumbler locks." This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.
Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations by Vijay Prashad
Category: Communism & Socialism
This book was published last year by Monthly Review Press and takes approximately 5.4 hours to read.
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The U.S. Intelligence Community by Jeffrey T Richelson
This book was published 6 years ago by Routledge and takes approximately 21.7 hours to read.
This up-to-date text provides a detailed overview of the U.S. intelligence community, from its structure and functions to the scope of its organizations and activities."
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner
This book was published 13 years ago by Anchor and takes approximately 28.3 hours to read.
A New York Times reporter offers a powerful indictment of the CIA and its intelligence-gathering capabilities as he traces the history of the organization from the end of World War II to Iraq, in a study that condemns the CIA for its record, its inability to understand world affairs, the violence it has unleashed, and its undermining of American politics. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.
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