From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War
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- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
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- Edition:First Edition
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- Dimensions (in):9.3 x 6.2 x 1.8
- Publication Date:May 7, 1996
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- Robert M. Gates
- International & World Politics
Written by a former director of the CIA, this is the story of America's and the agency's role in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Gates describes the atmosphere, culture and politics of the CIA and the National Security Council, and draws candid appraisals of the presidents and other key officials. Among his disclosures are: how Carter laid the foundations for Reagan's covert wars against the Soviets; CIA predictions of a conservative coup against Gorbachev and the collapse of the Soviet Union; CIA and KGB "black operations" against each other; the secret relationship between Pope John Paul II and the Soviets; and three secret CIA-KGB summits.
Gates, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1991 to 1993, began in an entry level position and rose to the top. His insider's account of the Cold War, CIA operations and the unraveling of the Soviet Union is sprinkled with revelations including the fact that 1983 was the most dangerous year in U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations and that both the CIA and KGB sponsored countless "black operations" designed to embarrass and discredit the other side. Gates also reveals that he secretly met with KGB foreign operations chief Vladimir Kryuchkov on two separate occasions and how the CIA often acted in contempt of Congress. While none of this may come as a huge surprise, it never fails to shock when it's laid out in black and white by someone who was on the inside.
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