BURN BEFORE READING ~ Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence
Book review and technical detail BURN BEFORE READING ~ Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence Stansfield Turner
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|Title||BURN BEFORE READING ~ Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Just who came up with the abstraction to dust Fidel Castro with a actinic that would bake off his admired beard? Turner, retired spook-in-chief, knows—and if he’s not cogent all, he’s cogent lots.Turner served as administrator of civic intelligence—not aloof of the CIA, but of “the fifteen agencies that comprise the Intelligence Community” beneath the benighted Carter administration. In this cleared-by-CIA annual of how the avant-garde U.S. intelligence accoutrement came about, he is refreshingly accessible in acceptance failures, forth with successes. He opens with an beatnik attending at approved architect William “Wild Bill” Donovan. Intelligence had ahead been the arena of the aggressive and a few club-like organizations of clandestine citizens, such as one “that met in New York to altercate account in the guise of adopted intelligence, aided by abundant drinking.” Donovan helped adapt and professionalize the service; Franklin Roosevelt, in turn, kept Donovan in the aphotic about advice he had accustomed from added intelligence sources and, in the end, kept the OSS beneath aggressive ascendancy rather than actualize a able Cabinet-level administrator of intelligence, at atomic in part, Turner guesses, because “there was able action from the aggressive (something that has never abated).” The columnist recounts a absolutely checky history as consecutive intelligence admiral approved to alike their activities with the calendar of arch executives—which has a decidedly claimed dimension, for the CIA arch who wins is the one whom the admiral likes, and such individuals are attenuate indeed. Forth the way, Turner drops anecdotes about Castro’s bristles (the proposed advance on which was the abstraction of spy biographer Ian Fleming), the abstruse but acknowledged accomplishment of six Americans during the Iranian earnest crisis, the military’s annoyance back the CIA developed accurate toys and the appearance of assertive admiral such as Reagan adviser William Casey, who “serves as a admonishing of what can appear if the DCI is accustomed too abundant power.” An agreeable amend to Allen Dulles’s Craft of Intelligence.
In this "thoughtful, entertaining, and often insightful" book, a former CIA director explores the delicate give-and-take between the Oval Office and Langley.With the disastrous intelligence failures of the last few years still fresh in Americans minds--and to all appearances still continuing--there has never been a more urgent need for a book like this.In Burn Before Reading, Admiral Stansfield Turner, the CIA director under President Jimmy Carter, takes the reader inside the Beltway to examine the complicated, often strained relationships between presidents and their CIA chiefs. From FDR and "Wild Bill" Donovan to George W. Bush and George Tenet, twelve pairings are studied in these pages, and the results are eye-opening and provocative. Throughout, Turner offers a fascinating look into the machinery of intelligence gathering, revealing how personal and political issues often interfere with government business--and the nation's safety.
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