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Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations Since World War II

Prados, John; Stubbe, Ray W.

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ISBN 10: 068805384X / ISBN 13: 9780688053840
Published by William Morrow & Co, New York, 1986
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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480pp Inscribed by US Ambassador in Cairo. CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations since World War II. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 008564

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Title: Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon ...

Publisher: William Morrow & Co, New York

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Printing

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Presidents' Secret Wars: CIA And Pentagon Covert Operations Since by Prados, John. 8vo. 1st ptg.

From Publishers Weekly:

According to the author, covert operations conducted by the U.S. since 1947 have contributed little to American national security. The record reveals failures to be far more numerous than successes, and the latter (Operation Ajax in Iran and Operation Success in Guatemala are cited here) had only short-term effects. Prados concentrates on presidential direction of paramilitary action, i.e., the use of armed forces supported by the U.S. to affect events in other nations. Readers will be startled to learn how active a role Truman and Eisenhower played in defining policies and "erecting mechanisms" for conducting covert operations. After analyzing the working relationship between President Reagan and CIA director William Casey, with particular reference to Nicaragua, Prados argues that presidents have too much freedom of action in covert operations and that at the same time congressional oversight committees have very limited impact. He calls for bipartisan attention, "preferably before the next paramilitary debacle"which, he warns, is otherwise "but a matter of time." Prados is author of The Soviet Estimate: U.S. Intelligence and Russian Military Strength.
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