Book Honorable treachery : a history of U.S. intelligence, espionage, and covert action from the American Revolution to the CIA / G.J.A. O'Toole.
Publication year: c1991.
Call Number UB271.U5 O872 1991
Media class: Book
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press
ISBN: 087113506X 9780871135063 0871134926
"A Morgan Entrekin book."
Extent: xv, 591 p.,  p. of plates ; 24 cm.
This is the first comprehensive history of American intelligence, espionage, and covert action. It dramatically recounts every important intelligence operation since the American Revolution and places them in a larger historical context. The author demonstrates that secrecy and duplicity have played a critical role at every major turning point in our national history.
Triumph of the amateurs : the American Revolution. Liberty boys and British moles -- The education of an intelligence officer -- Poor Richard's game -- George Washington, spy master -- Endgames -- Americans at the great game : 1783-1860. Intrigue in the new republic -- Espionage and subversion in the Second British War -- The President's men -- Secret service in the War with Mexico -- Advent of the professionals : the Civil War. Allan Pinkerton and the Civil War -- Civil War intelligence : sources and methods -- European intrigue in the Civil War -- Civil War subversion -- The professionals -- The birth of the intelligence community : 1865-1919. Intelligence and the game of war -- Espionage in the War with Spain -- Adversaries : black, green and orange -- America blindfolded -- The enemy within -- British intelligence and American countersubversion -- Intelligence redux -- The secret war in Mexico -- Counterspies and vigilantes -- A gentleman's profession -- The Russian muddle -- The inquiry : intelligence for the President -- The road to Central Intelligence : 1920-1962. The Red menace -- Other people's mail -- The secret war with the Axis -- Anatomy of infamy -- The eyes and ears of the Allies -- Cloak-and-dagger : the OSS -- From OSS to Central Intelligence -- The CIA transformed -- High tech and dirty tricks -- Failure and vindication -- Postscript : The eagle and the Sphinx.