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The Hidden Hand: A Brief History of the CIA
by Richard H. Immerman. Edition Date:: 05/02/2017
The Hidden Hand is a succinct accessible and up-to-date survey of the Central Intelligence Agency’s history from its inception in 1947 to the present.
  • Covers both aspects of the CIA’s mission – the collection and analysis of intelligence and the execution of foreign policy through covert, paramilitary operations
    De-mythologizes the CIA’s role in America’s global affairs while addressing its place within American political and popular culture
    Written by an esteemed scholar and high-ranking officer in the intelligence community, drawing on the latest research
    Assesses the agency’s successes and failures, with an eye to the complex and controversial nature of the subject
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I highly recommend Immerman’s history as a corrective.”  (Journal of American History, 3 January 2016)
"Written in clear terms with excellent summaries of complex events, The Hidden Hand makes a mass of history and bureaucratic strife manageable to newcomers of the subject. ...The redactions in this volume serve as an introduction for would-be scholars to the risks of researching so close to the circles of power and authority."  (Intelligence and National Security, 6 February 2015)
“Richard H. Immerman, who teaches the history of American foreign policy and intelligence at Temple University, has produced a fine, concise history of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The Hidden Handhas three major virtues: it is fair-minded, readable and up-to-date, including a useful insider’s analysis of how the creation of the new position of National Director of Intelligence (NDI) in 2005 has affected the role of the CIA and its director.”  (Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, 1 January 2015)
“Meantime, as far as the book under review is concerned, It’s a very well written piece of history and well referenced with numerous end-of-chapter source notes.”  (Nurturing Potential, 1 March 2014)

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