CIA and the Cold War : a memoir


CIA and the Cold War : a memoir

Scott D. Breckinridge

Praeger, 1993

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Includes bibliographical references and index



This book gives the true inside picture of the CIA during the Cold War and how the agency saw the events in which it was involved. Breckinridge started his career with the CIA as a briefing officer (and within a year had become White House Briefing Officer) in 1953 and concluded it as Deputy Inspector General in 1979. The issues Breckinridge reports on--the Bay of Pigs, the Warren Commission Report, Vietnam, Watergate, Chile, plots against foreign leaders, the Ramparts controversy, Laos, the Church and Pike committees--are among the most controversial in the lives of Americans since the mid-twentieth century. Breckinridge demostrates that the CIA was not a rogue elephant but an agency acting under high level policy directives, and he reveals a great deal about the internal life of the CIA.


Prologue Joining the CIA Settling In Caught Up in the Work Running With the Tide Down Under Back Home CIA's Inspector General Detail and Labor Assassination--Plots against Foreign Leaders Continuity and Change Laos: A Secret War? Vietnam The Shifting Scene Toward the Maelstrom The Gathering Storm Into the Investigations The Congress Inquires The Congress (continued) After the Storm End of the Line Epilogue Appendix

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