Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Hardcover)

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Over the years I've heard many different CIA spook stories; "The CIA
created aids", "the CIA brought Crack to the ghetto", "the CIA used LSD
on prison inmates". Well as it turns out at least one of these claims is
fact (I won't say which). The CIA has a jaw dropping history, at one
point they actually studied the flight patterns of bats to see if they
could be used to bomb Tokyo. Mr. Weiner has gathered it all together
after a great deal of research and it makes for fantastic reading.

— Matt


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/ll.

Tim Weiner’s past work on the CIA and American intelligence was hailed as “impressively reported” and “immensely entertaining” in The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal called it “truly extraordinary . . . the best book ever written on a case of espionage.” 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.

About the Author

Tim Weiner is a reporter for "The New York Times." He has written on American intelligence for twenty years, and won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on secret national security programs. He has traveled to Afghanistan and other nations to investigate CIA covert operations firsthand. This is his third book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780385514453
Publisher: Doubleday
Publication Date: June 28th, 2007
Pages: 720
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