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Legacy of ashes: the history of the Central Intelligence Agency — 1st ed.

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Legacy of ashes: the history of the Central Intelligence Agency — 1st ed.

Legacy of ashes: the history of the Central Intelligence Agency — 1st ed.
Publisher: Doubleday | 2007 | ISBN: 978 0385514453 | English | pages: 732 | PDF | 9.81 Mb

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 9/11.