Boozy's Reviews > Wilderness of Mirrors: Intrigue, Deception, and the Secrets that Destroyed Two of the Cold War's Most Important Agents

Wilderness of Mirrors by David C. Martin
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Feb 04, 11

bookshelves: intelligence, non-fiction, reference
Read from January 13 to February 04, 2011

Wilderness of Mirrors is a fascinating read following the careers of two of the most famous or infamous Counterintelligence officers in the history of the CIA, Bill Harvey and James Angleton. While Mr Harvey was rather brash and outspoken Mr Angleton was the exact opposite, very quiet and secretive. I would highly recommend this book for any individual that is a professional in the career field or anyone that would like to know more about the successes and unfortunately the pitfalls of the CI world. One thing of note which is something anyone that works in the CI/HUMINT field should take care to heed is paranoia and chasing ghosts can and will wreak devastating damage. Not only to the people and or organizations one works with but to the individual looking. While most people would consider today's main focus to be terrorism the lessons learned from these two dyed in the wool Cold Warriors should not and can not be forgotten.
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01/31/2011 page 50
20.0% "good historical background so far on two major players in early CIA history."

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