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Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley And The CIA's Crusades

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Based on once-secret government records and interviews with more than 100 ex-CIA personnel, this fascinating portrait of a real-life George Smiley takes a hard look at the inside workings of the CIA and its most important covert operations. 8-page photo insert.
Hardcover, First Edition (U.S.), 509 pages
Published October 13th 1994 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. (first published October 1994)
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Nick Anderson
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shackley's a hard man to write a biography for, in that there's only so much *there* there, but Corn does a good job getting to the heart of the man and, more importantly, of the CIA in its figure-it-out-as-we-go first couple of decades.

Corn is no conspiracy theorist; he lands where many other tales of the CIA end up -- that American Intelligence was often as inept as it was criminal or harmful; how the Cold War mentality made allies or enemies of the world's nations with no in-between, and how
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David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written wi ...more