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Covert action in the Cold War [electronic resource] : US policy, intelligence, and CIA operations / James Callanan.

By: Callanan, James.
Material type: TextTextSeries: International library of twentieth century history: 21.Publisher: London ; New York : I.B. Tauris : Distributed in the United States and Canada exclusively by Palgrave Macmillan, 2010Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 268 p.).ISBN: 9781441657404 (electronic bk.); 1441657401 (electronic bk.); 9781845118822 (hbk.); 1845118820 (hbk.).Subject(s): United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History | Cold War | Espionage, American -- History -- 20th century | National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century | TRUE CRIME -- Espionage | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Freedom & Security -- Intelligence | USA / CIA | Innere Sicherheit | Ost-West-Konflikt | SpionageGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Covert action in the Cold War.DDC classification: 327.1273009/045 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
The arrival of an imperfect peace and the rise of the silent option -- Italy 1947-1948: securing a European strongpoint -- On to the offensive -- OPC intervention in Albania: an experiment in offensive covert warfare -- Erring on the side of activism: Eisenhower and the era of preventive covert warfare -- A tale of three campaigns: landmarks in the heyday of covert action -- Fluctuating fortunes -- A banquet of consequences: covert action in Cuba and the Caribbean 1960-1963.
Summary: Born out of the ashes of World War II, the covert action arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created to counter the challenge posed by the Soviet Union and its allies and bolster American interests worldwide. It evolved rapidly into an eclectic, well-resourced organization whose activities provided a substitute for overt military action and afforded essential backup when the Cold War turned hot in Korea and Vietnam. This comprehensive examination of a still controversial subject sheds valuable new light on the undercover operations mounted by the CIA during the Cold War. Using a wide range of unpublished government records and documents, James Callanan traces the growth of the agency chronologically as it forged a covert action mission that sought to advance US foreign and defense policy in all corners of the globe. Offering a powerful perspective on a pivotal period in American history, "Covert Action in the Cold War" makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of global politics during the Cold War.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-258) and index.

The arrival of an imperfect peace and the rise of the silent option -- Italy 1947-1948: securing a European strongpoint -- On to the offensive -- OPC intervention in Albania: an experiment in offensive covert warfare -- Erring on the side of activism: Eisenhower and the era of preventive covert warfare -- A tale of three campaigns: landmarks in the heyday of covert action -- Fluctuating fortunes -- A banquet of consequences: covert action in Cuba and the Caribbean 1960-1963.

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Born out of the ashes of World War II, the covert action arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was created to counter the challenge posed by the Soviet Union and its allies and bolster American interests worldwide. It evolved rapidly into an eclectic, well-resourced organization whose activities provided a substitute for overt military action and afforded essential backup when the Cold War turned hot in Korea and Vietnam. This comprehensive examination of a still controversial subject sheds valuable new light on the undercover operations mounted by the CIA during the Cold War. Using a wide range of unpublished government records and documents, James Callanan traces the growth of the agency chronologically as it forged a covert action mission that sought to advance US foreign and defense policy in all corners of the globe. Offering a powerful perspective on a pivotal period in American history, "Covert Action in the Cold War" makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of global politics during the Cold War.

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