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For the President's Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence & the American Presidency from Washington to Bush
From the co-author of KGB: The Inside Story and an acknowledged authority on the subject comes "the most important book ever written about American intelligence."--David Kahn, author of The Codebreakers and Hitler's Spies
Paperback, 688 pages
Published March 1st 1996 by Harper Perennial
(first published 1995)
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For the Presidents Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush is exciting reading for fans of secret intelligence or presidential history. The book answers the all important question "what did the president know and when did he know it" and more importantly to secret intelligence buffs "how did he know it." Professor Christopher Andrew provides a through analysis of the intelligence provided to the presidents of the United States during their tenure and ho...more
Would you have guessed that the first aerial battlefield photographic intel was submitted to President Abraham Lincoln? I would have guessed no president in office before Wilson. This book is painfully fascinating but I will warn that you should only endeavor to read it if you are EXTREMELY interested in the intelligence world as at times it can be highly technical, slow-moving, and verbose.
This is a really insightful book; I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in 20th century history. History is too often viewed by non-historians as a chronology of inevitable events. Reading this book made it all seem up in the air and unfolding before my eyes.
This book is assigned reading for the counterterrorism graduate class I'm taking. It's a wonderful look, president-by-president, at the use of intelligence and covert action by the United States over the years. Another assigned book for the class, The Presidents' Secret Wars, covers the same topics, but in a rather boring way. The President's Eyes Only is both entertaining and enlightening. It will make you wonder how the United States is ever successful, given the number of mistakes and misstep...more
A history of how the Presidents from George Washington to George H.W. Bush viewed intelligence and used it in their decision-making. It was fascinating to read about the various Intelligence Community agencies, their interactions, and how their products were viewed and used (or not) by the White House. Reading like a novel, which makes it very readable, it still isn't for the faint-hearted. At almost 700 pages, it is a fascinating read for fans of secret intelligence or those who live (or have l...more
I read this book as part of a Masters course in Intelligence Studies. Although I find Christopher Andrew overly chatty for an academic resource (the relevant info could be made into a MUCH smaller book) he is an accomplished historian in the intelligence field and has access to archives off limits to most. The book is impeccably researched and gives insight into the role of intelligence in American foreign policy.
This book covers a lot of ground. Christopher Andrew seems to be the go-to guy on this topic, and each chapter (corresponding to a particular presidential administration) can be a stand alone read. Ton of detail and very eye-opening. The chapter on Nixon alone is worth it...pretty outrageous stuff.