Comment: After service in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including eight years as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), Dulles wrote this short handbook on intelligence. Combining historical and contemporary materials in a very readable form, he discusses strategic requirements, collection, production and covert action. He also covers the uses of intelligence in national security policy-making. The book is dated but a classic in the field.
Comment: Dr. Shulsky is a Senior Fellow at the National Strategy Information Center and has held a number of high level positions on executive and legislative intelligence boards and committees. Silent Warfare provides a concise yet comprehensive overview of the intelligence discipline, as well as a theoretical discussion of the role and conflicts of intelligence agencies in democratic societies. The book presents a first rate discussion of analysis, collection, dissemination, covert action and counterintelligence. It is widely used in academic circles for teaching intelligence issues.
Comment: Mr. O'Toole served briefly with the CIA during the 1960's, and has dedicated most of his time since to writing on intelligence subjects. The encyclopedia is a one volume compilation of intelligence events, individuals, disciplines and organizations pertaining to the U.S. intelligence community. It gives a basic overview of a wide variety of subjects, thus providing the initial background necessary for more thorough research. As such the Encyclopedia should not be considered the end-all resource for intelligence research, but rather an excellent starting point. It should be noted the book is a compilation of previously published information and does contain some errors of fact.
Comment: Mr. Miller brings a decidedly journalistic style to Spying for America, which recounts American intelligence history from George Washington to Oliver North. The narrative reads like a spy-thriller which is both straightforward and well researched. The book is primarily concerned with individuals and, secondarily with intelligence organizations. The author devotes considerable space to a discussion of the lessons learned or not learned throughout U.S. intelligence history.
Comment: Dr. Ameringer brings strong academic credentials to U.S. Foreign Intelligence, tailoring it to the college-level student. He provides a narrative history of American intelligence and a discussion of the intelligence community's evolution in order to lay a foundation for his assessment. Dr. Ameringer is critical of the intelligence community's ability to conduct analysis. Perhaps most interesting is the discussion regarding the tension created by intelligence organizations in a democratic society. The author asserts that although intelligence can provide a democracy with the information it needs to survive, it can also pose a significant threat. This book compliments Nathan Miller's Spying for America because it gives emphasis to intelligence organizations and technologies.
Comment: The author spent five years researching this book. Wohlstetter examines the evidence available to analysts and decision makers prior to December 7, 1941, and assesses the reasons for the surprise attack by the Japanese forces on that day. Her analysis provides some key answers as to whether or not this was an intelligence failure. The work provides some substantial historical insights and makes the key connection between intelligence production and dissemination.
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