This is the second title in the Historical Dictionaries of Intelligence and Counterintelligence series, following Historical Dictionary of British Intelligence (2005). It is intended as an introduction to the study of intelligence in the U.S.
The volume is easy to read and well organized, and topics are well defined given the complex nature of the subject matter. More than 500 concise entries range from two to four per page and cover people, places, operations, and organizations with just enough information to pique interest but not enough depth for serious students. Every U.S. president has an entry with comments on contributions to intelligence programs. Executive orders on the subject of intelligence are entered here--most with references to related topics. Key agencies, government departments, known operations, and intriguing people associated with clandestine activities are noted. Information on other countries and foreign nationals is presented in the context of their relationships to the U.S and its intelligence work.
Complementing the entries are a list of the myriad acronyms and abbreviations used in U.S. defense and intelligence, a 15-page historical chronology, and an introduction summarizing intelligence in the U.S. from 1776 to 2005. The appendixes list directors and deputy directors of the Central Intelligence Agency. The extensive bibliography will be extremely helpful for those interested in continuing research in this field of study.
This is another recommended title for academic institutions with studies in this field and public libraries and special libraries where there is interest. Terri Tomchyshyn
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The volume is easy to read and well organized, and topics are well defined given the complex nature of the subject matter....The extensive bibliography will be extremely helpful for those interested in continuing research in this field of study. This is another recommended title for academic institutions with studies in this field and public libraries and special libraries where there is interest. (Booklist 2006-06-01)
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A well-recommended, intriguing and thoroughly fascinating reference work! (Reference Reviews 2007-08-01)
A required text for any practitioner or student of intelligence...an easy-to-use resource. (Defense Intelligence Journal 2006-08-01)
The entries are clear and concise. (American Reference Books Annual)
Some 500 entries review the personalities, programs, legislation, and agencies of US intelligence, from the Revolutionary War to the most recent reorganization of the US intelligence community. Each entry is cross-referenced and provides a definition and a brief historical evaluation. A chronology traces two centuries of history, and an introduction shows how US intelligence operations have evolved. Appendixes list directors and deputy directors. Turner is a political scientist and a 15-year veteran of the CIA. (Reference and Research Book News)
No, you're not seeing double. And don't pick up either of these dictionaries/encyclopedias just to skim-or not intending to purchase. In no time you'll be in a chair, ignoring the phones and meetings (and the sales clerk)...hooked. (Intelligencer)