The Central Intelligence Agency

The Central Intelligence Agency

An Instrument of Government, to 1950

Book - 1990
Average Rating:
Rate this:

This unique history offers the most detailed and best documented account of the early years of the CIA currently available. It reveals the political and bureaucratic struggles that accompanied the creation of the modern U. S. intelligence community. In addition, it proposes a theory of effective intelligence organization, applied both to the movement to create the CIA and to the form it eventually took.

The period covered by this study was crucially important because it was during this time that the main battles over the establishment, responsibilities, and turf of the agency were fought. Many of these disputes framed the forty years, such as the relationship of the CIA to other government agency intelligence operations, the role of covert action, and Congressional oversight of the intelligence community.

The sources upon which Darling drew for this study include the files of the National Security Council, the wartime files of the OSS, and interviews and correspondence with many of the principal players.

Publisher: University Park : Pennsylvania State University Press, c1990.
ISBN: 9780271007151
Branch Call Number: 327.12 Darling
Characteristics: xxiv, 509 p., [5] p. of plates :,ill., port. ;,23 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Apr 17, 2014

This book is either a farce or a joke, completely ignoring the actual origins of the CIA: the financial intelligence instrument of the plutocracy, founded by the employees of Rockefeller, Morgan, Mellon, du Pont and Harriman. [The director of the British Secret Intelligence Service, often referred to as MI-6, along with his special assistant and future internationally renowned author, Ian Fleming, would advise in its founding.] With the recent release [a few years back] of the vaunted Family Jewels, we now know that the CIA's MK ULTRA program took young orphans from public orphanages for their experiments - - what isn't explained is whatever happened to them [or their remains]? We now know from the leaked report on the CIA's torture that mind-boggling torture and murder of innocents took place, most likely with CIA types skimming money off the top of those payments to the warlords of Afghanistan, and that horrible crimes then took place against the wives and families of those innocent males falsely sold as terrorists to the CIA. The CIA, whether in part due to Bill Clinton's las action while president [granting them legal immunity from the US constitution] to the past and present day, has acted as if they have a license to kill untold innocents throughout the world! Crimes against humanity doesn't even begin to address their nefarious activities.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at JoCoLibrary.

Try searching for The Central Intelligence Agency to see if JoCoLibrary owns related versions of the work.

To Top