Casey: From the OSS to the CIA
The revealing biography of the nation's most controversial CIA director. Given complete access to Casey's private papers, Persico reveals Casey as a powerful, contradictory, compellingly self-made figure, and defines his place in history as the man who made--and unmade--Reagan's foreign policy. Photographs.
Hardcover, 601 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by Viking Adult
(first published 1990)
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Dec 13, 2012 Martin Pepe rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
The story of the man who was instrumental in the forming of the OSS, the precursor to the CIA. Under Reagan, he took control of the most secret parts of the U.S. government. It starts with his upbringing and later moves to his clandestine work forming the OSS with it's leader "Wild" Bill Donovan during WWII. After the war he was a lawyer who eventually became chairman of the SEC. But is third act was his most important and controversial. He became the campaign manager for Ronald Reagan during hi...more
Casey was a very interesting subject. Fordham University grad. His first career choice was to be a social worker but ended up being spy, lawyer, writer and venture capitalist. Worked in the Nixon, Ford and Reagan administration. After the New Hampshire primary in 1980, Reagan fired John Sears as campaign manager and replaced him with Casey. This was a very interesting good read.
Joseph E. Persico is the author of Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War II Espionage; Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918–World War I and Its Violent Climax; Piercing the Reich; and Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, which was made into a television docudrama. He also collaborated with Colin Powell on his autobiography, My American Journey. He lives in Guilderland, New Y...moreMore about Joseph E. Persico...