The History of the CIA
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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, â€śa legacy of ashes.â€ť
Now Pulitzer Prizeâ€“winning author Tim Weiner offers the
first definitive history of the CIAâ€”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/ll.
Tim Weinerâ€™s past work on the CIA and American intelligence
was hailed as â€śimpressively reportedâ€ť and â€śimmensely
entertainingâ€ť in The New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal called it â€śtruly extraordinary . . .
the best book ever written on a case of espionage.â€ť Here is
the hidden history of the CIA: why eleven presidents and
three generations of CIA officers have been unable to
understand the world; why nearly every CIA director has left
the agency in worse shape than he found it; and how these
failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.
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