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[John Ranelagh] -- "From Wild Bill Donovan to William Casey"--Jacket subtitle.

It is comprehensive yet concise; moreover, Mr. Ranelagh took on a major project in creating this masterpiece, with so much information, and so much history, it would be nearly impossible to write an accurate history of the CIA. The agency : the rise and decline of the CIA.

Ranelagh, who has written about the IRA, has a good feel for the murky world of intelligence, and has constructed quite a readable work.

869 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : 24 cm Includes bibliographical references (pages 817-829) and index Introduction -- Cruel Necessity 1939-1941 -- In the Service of a Republic 1942-1945 -- Fear and Emergency 1945-1947 -- Dawn Like Thunder 1947-1948 -- Double Trouble 1945-1951 -- Among the Ruins 1947-1951 -- Terra Nostra 1950-1953 -- The Wounded Peace 1953-1956 -- … WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help. My dad gave me this book in 1987, with a note that it was the best book he had read on the Agency, 9 on a scale of 10. Buy Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA First Edition by Ranelagh, John (ISBN: 9780671443184) from Amazon's Book Store. John Ranelagh's book, The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA, is the definitive text on the CIA. Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. John Ranelagh's book, The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA, is the definitive text on the CIA. It is comprehensive yet concise; moreover, Mr. Ranelagh took on a major project in creating this masterpiece, with so much information, and so much history, it would be nearly impossible to write an accurate history of the CIA. A massive history of the CIA—771 pages of text plus 72 pages of notes—from the agency's beginnings as the Office of Strategic Services during WW II up to the re-defection of Soviet KGB defector Yurchenko last year. Home. Yet Ranelagh accomplishes this feat marvelously. The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA John Ranelagh, Author Simon & Schuster $22.45 (847p) ISBN 978-0-671-44318-4. I, personally, would … Find items in libraries near you.

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