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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Fifth Printing edition (1965)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000NQ9MUU
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,025,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. M. WILLIAMS on December 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The things that have gone on, and are currently unfolding day by day, simply illustrate how much the public does not know about their own government and process of passing laws and choosing leaders. Money? Makes no difference. The wealthy--they have all they need and will keep all they want (I support this position) they have no intention of giving up their power as it's all linked to their economic wealth. Death for those who get in the way of those who need to keep the power is just one option at their disposal. Read The Man Who Kept the Secrets -- Richard Helms and the CIA, by Thomas Powers and Gideon's Spies--the Secret History of the Mossad, by Gordon Thomas. Last and most important--read Mary's Moasic, by Peter Janney. This book should make you look at the lengths people in power will go to keep that power. All excellent reading. Should make one think about the power of many of our institutions and how inter-linked they are to the various powers structures and other governments in the world. Enjoy!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TLR on August 6, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I think that this was only the second expose on the CIA, after Andrew Tully's "CIA: The Inside Story" (1962). It's pretty good, though a bit limited in view of later revelations. For the first half of the Agency's history, almost nothing was in the public domain. Washington journalist David Wise changed all of that with "The Invisible Government" in 1964. CIA director John McCone called in Wise and co-author Thomas Ross to demand deletions on the basis of galleys the CIA had secretly obtained. When that didn't work, the CIA formed a special group to deal with the book and tried to secure bad reviews, even though the CIA's legal counsel had found the book "uncannily accurate."

Wise and Ross argued that the "Invisible Government is made up of many agencies and people, including the intelligence branches of the State and Defense Departments, of the Army, Navy and Air Force". However, they claimed that the most important organization involved in this process was the CIA. Here are the contents:

The Invisible Government
48 Hours
Build-Up
Invasion
The Case of the Birmingham Widows
A History
Burma: The Innocent Ambassador
Indonesia: "Soldiers of Fortune"
Laos: The Pacifist Warriors
Vietnam: The Secret War
Guatemala: CIA's Banana Revolt
The Kennedy Shake-up
The Secret Elite
The National Security Agency
The Defense Intelligence Agency
CIA: "It's Well Hidden"
CIA: The Inner Workings
The Search for Control
Purity in the Peace Corps
A Gray Operation
Missile Crisis
Electronic Spies
Black Radio
CIA's Guano Paradise
The 1960 Campaign -- And Now
A Conclusion
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SLASH1934 on June 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
PHENOMENAL READ!! PHENOMENAL READ!! A PART OF HISTORY THAT MUST BE UNDERSTOOD, IN ORDER TO ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE FUTURE!! A MUST READ!!
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By Thomas M Teske on September 3, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
fine book
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