The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA

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Simon and Schuster, 10 dec. 1996 - 432 sidor
Thomas has drawn on his original research in CIA archives and interviews with scores of old agency hands to evoke the urgency and uncertainty, as well as the giddiness, of the shadow wars of the 1950s and early 1960s when the country, with reason, felt itself in danger from Soviet-led Communist aggression. Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes, and Desmond FitzGerald embodied the confidence, daring, and arrogance of the WASP elite that dominated the CIA at its founding. Thomas brings these men to life as they move boldly, and a bit innocently, into the corrosive life of secrets. He portrays the improbable scene of Bissell, of Groton and Yale, hiring the Mafia to eliminate Fidel Castro, and the terrible drama of Frank Wisner, the first chief of covert operations, slowly succumbing to suicidal mania. He follows Barnes and FitzGerald as they run covert operations from Berlin to Burma.

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THE VERY BEST MEN: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA

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Thomas (The Man to See, 1991, etc.), assistant managing editor at Newsweek, depicts a quartet of well-born spies and their role in the CIA's early days. The Office of Strategic Services was a favorite ... Läs hela recensionen

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This excellent addition to material on the early years of the CIA covers the heyday of the Cold War, from the middle 1940s to the middle 1960s. The book focuses on the careers of four operatives ... Läs hela recensionen

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Introduction
9
Chapter
32
Chapter Four
60
Chapter Five
75
Chapter Seven
98
Chapter Nine
127
Chapter
142
Chapter Eleven
153
Chapter Fifteen
216
Chapter Sixteen
230
Chapter Eighteen
261
Chapter Twenty
285
Chapter TwentyOne
305
Chapter TwentyTwo
318
Acknowledgments
342
Index
411

Chapter Thirteen
179
Chapter Fourteen
203

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Om författaren (1996)

Evan Thomas is the author of The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the C.I.A., a book about the careers of Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes and Desmond FitzGerald; Robert Kennedy: His Life; The War Lovers: Roosevelt, Lodge, Hearst and the Rush to Empire, 1989; Sea of Thunder: The Last Great Naval Command, 1941-1945; and John Paul Jones. He is at work on a book about President Dwight Eisenhower.

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