- Mass Market Paperback: 481 pages
- Publisher: Bantam Books (1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553131184
- ISBN-13: 978-0553131185
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,199,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Spooks: The haunting of America : the private use of secret agents Mass Market Paperback – 1979
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Hougan's subtitle addresses the 'private' use of spies. 'Private' is meant to be distinct from 'public' sector spy agencies' like the CIA, FBI etc. Of course, as Hougan demonstrates, telling 'private' from the 'public' in the spookdom is more séance than science. It is this nether region, contrary to his subtitle, that is the real focus of Hougan's book. Apart from Howard Hughes' use of detectives to tail prospective girlfriends, Hougan doesn't really spend any time on "purely private" espionage, for example, industrial espionage or marital snooping.
Hougan, who is also the author of "Secret Agenda", one of the key books of the Watergate revisionist movement, spent four years investigating and interviewing real spooks. So this is real journalism, indeed history, and not just a kennel of pet conspiracy theories.
Of course, and I am sure Hougan would agree, disentangling threads, most of which were deliberately hidden or obscured to begin with, is inherently difficult and error prone. This is perhaps the real reason why mainstream scholars reflexively reject 'conspiracy theories'. To prove or disprove them, and to have all that verified, requires too much work and there is a high probability that the investigator will return nothing more than questions. This is hardly an ideal outcome for the investigator but it is, after all, what the instigator had in mind.
Spooks, published in 197x, is constructed like a good spy novel.Read more ›
Calling Howard Hughes "an American Dracula," Hougan offers a blow-by- blow account of the bedside battle fought by Intertel and former CIA agent Robert Maheu for control over the drug-addicted billionaire's body and empire. Other sections of the book describe Robert Vesco's assault on Investors Overseas Services; Richard Nixon's "French connection" to industrialist Paul Louis Weiller; the efforts of paramilitary wizard Mitch WerBell and CIA superspook Lucien Conein to introduce a "final solution" to the War on Drugs; and the World War II background of Japanese and German agents who played key roles in the Lockheed bribery scandal. Packed with anecdotes, footnotes, and proper names, "Spooks" is a classic.'
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I had read this book right after it was published (from local library) and unsuccessfully tried to locate it in local bookstores. I found the book interesting and entertaining. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. Bradley
.Reading it will disrupt normal thought patterns and the history you've learned will be proven incorrect..... I've been looking for this book for any number of reasons.Published on November 13, 2013 by pgowersr
The book was pretty dated but still had some interest about todays politics and business intermingling via the now mandatory institution of spooks - with their ability to insist... Read morePublished on August 30, 2012 by darren morefield