It was an enigma of the Vietnam War: American troops kept killing the Viet Cong-and being killed in the process-and yet their ranks continued to grow. When CIA analyst Sam Adams uncovered documents suggesting a Viet Cong army more than twice as large as previously reckoned, another war erupted, this time within the ranks of America's intelligence community. Although originally clandestine, this conflict involving the highest levels of the U.S. government burst into public view during the acrimonious lawsuit Westmoreland v. CBS. The central issue in the suit, as in the war itself, was the calamitous failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to ascertain the strength of the Viet Cong and get that information to troops in a timely fashion. The legacy of this failure-whether caused by institutional inertia, misguided politics, or individual hubris-haunts our nation. In the era of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden, Sam Adams' tireless crusade for "honest intelligence" resonates strongly today.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Hiam's book offers a rich oral history relying upon the recollections of many key players, friend and foe alike, as well as Adams's meticulous notes, court documents, and other relevant sources."-- "Library Journal"
"Will enlighten the general reader. . . . Brings fundamental questions about the relationship between intelligence and policy into sharp relief."-- "Studies in Intelligence"
"A tightly written narrative history."--Harvard magazine "Studies in Intelligence"
In the late 1960s, CIA analyst Sam Adams was almost alone in showing what one honest person can do in the face of political and bureaucratic corruption that twisted the truth about America's enemy strength during the ten-year war in Vietnam. Now, C. Michael Hiam provides new insight into Adams's epic battle."--Alex Beam "Newsday"