American Espionage

From Secret Service to CIA

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Pub Date 17 Apr 2017 | Archive Date 08 Feb 2021

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“If American espionage continues to be a bastion of democracy, democracy remains the scourge of espionage.”

With the spy’s prevalence in popular fiction, it is argued that through common misuse the term “intelligence” now loosely includes covert and paramilitary operations.

From private detectives to the attaché system, and a host of agencies vying for dominance in between, espionage has long been a part of the very fabric of America.

In time State Department involvement led to a greater emphasis on processing and distributing intelligence in the interests of national security, rather than simply gathering it.

Facing the same questions as a peacetime military establishment, their purpose was ruthlessly scrutinised, the threat of reduction or disbandment ever present.

People respected the need for intelligence, yet given reason would criticise its instruments. It is an argument still alive today.

Focusing on the fifty years preceding the CIA’s founding and laced with anecdotes, Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones follows America’s political development of continuous central intelligence.

“If American espionage continues to be a bastion of democracy, democracy remains the scourge of espionage.”

With the spy’s prevalence in popular fiction, it is argued that through common misuse the...


Advance Praise

‘This book will be welcomed; it fills a crucial gap in our knowledge and understanding in a field that is virtually untouched by serious, documentary scholarship. The author has done a credible job of research and has come up with some persuasive arguments.’ — Richard Kohn, Rutgers University, author of Eagle and Sword

‘This book will be welcomed; it fills a crucial gap in our knowledge and understanding in a field that is virtually untouched by serious, documentary scholarship. The author has done a credible job...


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