Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours
Last Christmas Delivery Dates
Free UK Standard Delivery on orders £20 and over Order in time for Christmas 18th December 2nd Class | 19th December 1st Class Free Click & Collect to shops From 2 hours of your order*
Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence (Paperback)
  • Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence (Paperback)
zoom

Cloak and Dollar: A History of American Secret Intelligence (Paperback)

(author)
£25.00
Paperback 368 Pages / Published: 28/11/2003
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, a leading expert on the history of American espionage, here offers a lively and sweeping history of American secret intelligence from the founding of the nation through the present day. Jeffreys-Jones chronicles the extraordinary expansion of American secret intelligence from the 1790s, when George Washington set aside a discretionary fund for covert operations, to the beginning of the twenty-first century, when United States intelligence expenditure exceeds Russia's total defense budget. How did the American intelligence system evolve into such an enormous and costly bureaucracy? Jeffreys-Jones argues that hyperbolic claims and the impulse toward self-promotion have beset American intelligence organizations almost from the outset. Allan Pinkerton, whose nineteenth-century detective agency was the forerunner of modern intelligence bureaus, invented assassination plots and fomented anti-radical fears in order to demonstrate his own usefulness. Subsequent spymasters likewise invented or exaggerated a succession of menaces ranging from white slavery to Soviet espionage to digital encryption in order to build their intelligence agencies and, later, to defend their ever-expanding budgets. While American intelligence agencies have achieved some notable successes, Jeffreys-Jones argues, the intelligence community as a whole has suffered from a dangerous distortion of mission. By exaggerating threats such as Communist infiltration and Chinese espionage at the expense of other, more intractable problems-such as the narcotics trade and the danger of terrorist attack-intelligence agencies have misdirected resources and undermined their own objectivity. Since the end of the Cold War, the aims of American secret intelligence have been unclear. Recent events have raised serious questions about effectiveness of foreign intelligence, and yet the CIA and other intelligence agencies are poised for even greater expansion under the current administration. Offering a lucid assessment of the origins and evolution of American secret intelligence, Jeffreys-Jones asks us to think also about the future direction of our intelligence agencies.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300101591
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 427 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 19 mm
Edition: 2nd Revised edition

You may also be interested in...

Spymaster
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter
Added to basket
The Secret Twenties
Added to basket
The Nazi Hunters
Added to basket
£8.99   £5.99
Paperback
The Skripal Files
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
M
Added to basket
M
£9.99
Paperback
Head Hunters
Added to basket
£18.99   £15.99
Hardback
Secret Service Brainteasers
Added to basket
£12.99   £9.99
Paperback
Soldier Spy
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
A Spy Named Orphan
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Red Notice
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
£25.00   £21.99
Hardback
The Secret War
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
A Spy Named Orphan
Added to basket
Rise and Kill First
Added to basket
£19.99   £17.99
Paperback
The Secret World
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.