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eBook formatHardcover, (torrent)En
PublisherRinehart, Roberts Publishers, Inc.
File size1.8 Mb
Release date 01.10.1999
ISBN9781570983153
Pages count416
Book rating3.7 (1 votes)
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In the 1950s and '60s, the CIA's Berlin Operating Base was the heart of the agency's international operations. This was the most sought-after assignment in the organization and produced generations of intelligence leaders. In spite of its internal prestige, the Berlin office was in fact penetrated by the Russians and was largely, according to author Joseph Trento, an intelligence fraud.Trento spent a decade examining this crucial component in America's espionage network — research fueled by the inside knowledge of an agent fired from the CIA after being its main guardian against outside penetration for the first half of the Cold War. Included in this riveting real-life story are the CIA's failure to predict the fall of the Soviet Union or of the Berlin Wall, its forays into drug dealing and financing third world dictators, and its support for Saddam Hussein and the Shah of Iran — patterns of recklessness and incompetence that continue today.

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