Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

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Ivan R. Dee, Sep 14, 2006 - History - 752 pages
From its founding in the aftermath of World War II, the Central Intelligence Agency has been discovered in the midst of some of the most crucial-and most embarrassing-episodes in United States relations with the world. Safe for Democracy for the first time places the story of the CIA's covert operations squarely in the context of America's global quest for democratic values and institutions. National security historian John Prados offers a comprehensive history of the CIA's secret wars that is as close to a definitive account as is possible today.
 

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Contents

The Gamut of Secret Operations
3
The Cold War Crucible
28
The Secret Warriors
42
The Kind of Experience We Need
58
The Covert Legions
78
Bitter Fruits
97
Adventures in Asia
124
Acceptable Norms of Human Conduct Do Not Apply
145
Global Reach
366
The Southern Cone
396
The Mountains of Allah
467
The Reagan Revolution
493
Bill Caseys War
507
Project Democracy
539
Full Circle
572
The Struggle for Control
606

Archipelago
162
The War for the Roof of the World
184
Another Black Hole of Calcutta
204
The Bay of Pigs Failure at Playa Girón
236
Cold War and Counterrevolution
273
The Secret War Against Castro
298
War in Southeast Asia
337
Safe for Democracy
640
Notes
649
A Note on Sources
675
Index
679
A Note on the Author
697
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