This work shows how the US Presidency both transformed, and was itself transformed by the activities of US Intelligence. The book answers controversial questions about the Cold War, suggests how Reagan survived the Iran-Contra affair and offers insights into Operation Desert Storm.
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'For the President's Eyes Only' is the first book to show the US presidency both transformed, and was itself transformed by the workings of US intelligence. It provides dramatic new perspectives on some of the twentieth century's most significant political events – American entry into the Second World War, the intelligence failures that culminated in the catastrophe of Pearl Harbor, the disaster of the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban missile crisis and Operation Desert Storm. In Christopher Andrew's hands these, and many other defining moments, are remade with freshness and urgency as we see them again – but this time from 'inside' the Oval Office.
'[The] definitive volume on the history of secret intelligence in its relation to the American government.'
ANTHONY HOWARD, 'Spectator'
'Magnificent … what sets this book apart from other studies of American intelligence is its focus on how successive American presidents, from George Washington onwards, have misunderstood and used abused intelligence. This is the crux of the matter: the point at which the often vague and murky world of the secret intelligence travels through the corridors of power and helps the development of policy…[a] sweeping and masterful study.'
JAMES ADAMS, 'Sunday Times'
'Confirm Andrew's position as the leading authority in his field. ['For the President's Eyes Only'] displays the erudition, wit and style we have come to except from him. As ever he supplies though-provoking insights… he grasps the Constitutional point that the president is in charge of foreign policy, including foreign intelligence. The strengths and weaknesses of intelligence stem, as Andrew unsparingly demonstrates, from the qualities of the White House's incumbent.'
RHODRI JEFFREYS-JONES, 'THES'
'A thoughtful, judicious book… as objective an account as seems possible on so controversial a subject.'
ROBERT DALLEK, 'New York Times Book Review'
'Stylish written and packed with shrewd assessments and entertaining vignettes, [Andrew's] book offers a fine opportunity to take stock of the CIA.'
'This splendid history of US intelligence is a must for all espionage addicts.'
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Book Description Harpercollins Publisher, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006380719
Book Description Harpercollins Publisher, 1996. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New item. Bookseller Inventory # QX-000-91-0413000