The US Intelligence Community
The role of intelligence in US government operations has changed dramatically and is now more critical than ever to domestic security and foreign policy. This authoritative and highly researched book provides a detailed overview of America’s vast intelligence empire—its organizations, its operations (from spies on the ground to satellites thousands of miles in space), and...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Westview Press
(first published 1985)
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So I went on a kick of spy/intelligence books last year, and bought this one as part of it. As it turns out, this book appears to be a textbook for at least a 300 or 400 level government class. It goes into painstaking detail about the names of departments, delineation of responsibilities, history of who merged into what and so on. I wouldn't have bought this book without taking a class that needed it if I hadn't realized, although I did learn a huge amount of detail by reading it.
I had to read this for a college course. Basically this is a cut and paste of different sources, with absolutely no flow from paragraph to paragraph or original thought. Every time I tried to read it I would be overcome by an overwhelming desire to close my eyes and sleep. I highly recommend this book to insomniacs or people who gather information for research papers by typing in a search string on Google and then copying the first paragraph of everything that Google spits back at them.
Feb 27, 2012 Spencer Willardson rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
If you want to know the who, what, where, and why of intelligence in the U.S. this is the first place you should start. Richelson is thorough in his description of agencies and their relationships with one another.