All-powerful, brilliant, decisive, ruthlessly effective … this is the image of the CIA as portrayed in countless films and novels. It is wrong.
This shocking book, based on thousands of declassified documents and interviews with agents at all levels, shows the reality behind the glamorous myth: a blundering, chaotic and dangerously incompetent organization, so ineffective it was nicknamed ‘Can’t Identify Anything’ by Nato forces. In a story of botched coups, missed targets, lost operatives and fatal errors, Tim Weiner shows how the CIA now poses a threat not only to the security of the US, but the world.
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This extraordinary story reads like tragedy and thriller. Impeccably sourced, utterly absorbing, dazzling and very, very dark ( Time Out )
This racy history reveals the CIA as a secret service to make Smiley weep and Bond howl in horror ( Daily Telegraph )
Combines thrilling storytelling with terrifying revelations (Simon Sebag Montefiore New Statesman, Books of the Year )
Weiner's riveting history of the CIA contains dozens of jaw-dropping incidents ... astonishing ( Evening Standard, Books of the Year )
Timely, immensely readable, and highly critical (Mark Bowden, Author Of 'black Hawk Down' )
Marvellous ... that every quote is also on the record is a testament to his skill (Steve Coll, Author Of 'ghost Wars' )
Winner of the National Book Award ( Prizes and awards )
'This racy history reveals the CIA as a secret service to make Smiley weep and Bond howl in horror'
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Book Description Penguin, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Very Good: a copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0006622009
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001301122
Book Description Penguin, London, 2008. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Black-and-white photography (illustrator). Reprint. A clean copy with no markings no damage. Illustrated with eight pages of black-and-white photography and illustrated softcover binding. The shocking book based on thousands of declassified documents and interviews with agents at all levels, shows the reality behind the glamorous myth: a blundering, chaotic and dangerously incompetent organisation so ineffective it was nicknamed "Can't Identify Anything". The author shows how the CIA now poses a threat no turn into the security of the USA, but to the world Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. XVIII, 814 pages, with extensive notes, and index. Please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Black-and-white photography. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Politics & Government; Espionage ; USA; Law & Criminal Studies. ISBN: 0141033169. ISBN/EAN: 9780141033167. Inventory No: 0267311. Bookseller Inventory # 0267311