The Hidden Hand is a succinct accessible and up-to-date survey of the Central Intelligence Agency’s history from its inception in 1947 to the present.
- Covers both aspects of the CIA’s mission – the collection and analysis of intelligence and the execution of foreign policy through covert, paramilitary operations
- De-mythologizes the CIA’s role in America’s global affairs while addressing its place within American political and popular culture
- Written by an esteemed scholar and high-ranking officer in the intelligence community, drawing on the latest research
- Assesses the agency’s successes and failures, with an eye to the complex and controversial nature of the subject
Keywords: Central Intelligence Agency, US intelligence, surveillance, Cold War, national security, US foreign relations, foreign policy, covert operations, Cuban Missile Crisis, Iraq War, NSA, OSS, paramilitary, psychological warfare