[The U.S. Intelligence Community] [Praise for The U.S. Intelligence Community] [About the Author]
The U.S. Intelligence Community is the first comprehensive portrait of the labyrinth of U.S. intelligence-gathering organizations whose true dimensions remain shrouded in secrecy. Through the Freedom of Information Act, incisive interviews, and scrupulous research, Jeffrey Richelson has outlined the internal structure of the 30-odd organizations that comprise the U.S. Intelligence Community, and unveils a world known to most of us merely in terms of moles, spies, and spooks.
Richelson charts the evolution of the CIA, FBI, and military intelligence agencies and reveals the interrelationships between today's multifarious and awesomely sophisticated intelligence complexes. How are national security agendas born and carried out? What are the hierarchies and lines of power that shape and support U.S. intelligence network? Who manages the intelligence-collecting activities, and who hands down the orders for overt or overt involvement? More lucidly and more extensively than any single volume before, The U.S. Intelligence Community uncovers what intelligence is, who it is done by, and how it is perpetrated, interpreted, and used.
"The U.S. Intelligence Community is essential reading
for all who wish to know what lies behind the vast and complex spy world.
Jeffrey Richelson does a magnificent job of fitting together the myriad
pieces of the U.S. espionage puzzle."
--James Bamford, author of The Puzzle Palace
"Jeffrey Richelson's new edition is still the best, most comprehensive
overview of U.S. intelligence. Required reading for anyone interested in
what goes on behind America's cloaks and daggers."
--David Wise, author of Nightmover: How Aldrich Ames Sold the CIA to the KGB for $4.6 Million
"The authoritative survey of the American cloak-and dagger establishment."
--Washington Post Book World
"The authoritative bible on the modern American intelligence establishment."
--Bob Woodward , author of Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-1987
"This book should be within easy reach of anyone casually or seriously
interested in American Intelligence."
--Seymour M. Hersh, author of The Target is Destroyed
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