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In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today’s National Clandestine Service), flush with money and burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and ...more
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Published June 3rd 2014 by Arcade
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Alfie Mack At least two of the agents sentenced to death - Ahmet Kabashi and Lokman Lutvi - were freed after their death sentences were lifted and they each…moreAt least two of the agents sentenced to death - Ahmet Kabashi and Lokman Lutvi - were freed after their death sentences were lifted and they each spent almost 20 years in Albanian Communist prisons. Kabashi's son in 1996 told CIA officials (probably in Belgrade) that Ahmet had returned home to Kosovo after being freed by the Albanians. Lutvi emigrated to Chicago in the U.S. in 1968, was reunited with his wife and had two children before he died of natural causes in December, 1989. Lutvi visited his family in Macedonia in 1984 and 1988 and each time was questioned by Yugoslav authorities he was thrown out of Yugoslavia in 1988, yet said he was never questioned by authorities in the U.S.(less)

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Jerome
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fine, comprehensive history of Project Fiend. Although much of the relevant material and documents have been available for quite some time, Lulushi does a fine job telling the entire story of the operation.

To the extent that Project Fiend has received the attention of historians, a frequent conclusion is that the operation failed because of the involvement of Kim Philby. However, Lulushi disagrees, pointing out that Philby only became involved in Fiend later, and many of the “pixies” had alrea
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Julian Douglass
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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This is a story of the first attempts by the CIA to change a government aligned with the USSR. The book is a good description of the operations leading up to the event, during the attempts, and the aftermath of the failure to overthrow the regime. Its a good story, especially when reading about it, Mr. Lulushi details all of the issues that happened during the plan, and you could see the plan failing in plain view. The operation, however, did lead to the CIA correcting their flaws and running a ...more
TC
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This book attempts to chronicle and analyze one of the first covert operations of the nascent CIA in the early years of the Cold War: the removal of Envar Hoxha and the communists from power in Albania. The theory was simple; break this tiny nation off from the satellite of Soviet influence early and decisively, and spur popular revolutions elsewhere.

It covers over ten years of this plan's machinations, delving into a lot of different things. These include the beginnings of the CIA, and the pers
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Allen Patterson
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I won this book from Goodreads. I found it to be very interesting. I really doubt anyone else on the planet could have done a better job on the topic than Albert Lulishi. His knowledge, research, and presentation all get an A+ from me. This is a must read for anyone who has any interest in the history of the CIA or in Albania's long struggles to be free from Communism.
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Albert Lulushi's latest book, Operation Valuable Fiend, tells the story of CIA's first paramilitary operation against the Iron Curtain in 1949-1953.

My writing focuses on narrating stories based on actual events and historical figures. My favorite subjects are military, intelligence, World War II, and Cold War history.

My next book, Donovan's Devils, about OSS commando operations in Europe during W
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