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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading on the CIA history
It's a rich and detailed history of Richard Helms' tenure at the CIA by a masterful writer. The Helms that emerges here is a multidimensional figure as opposed to the cardboard cutout that some people tried to show after the 1970s revelations of assassinations, coups and cover-ups.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but limited
This is a pretty mainstream portrait from 1979 of Richard Helms, a key figure in the CIA from the late 1940s until 1973. Unfortunately Powers simply accepts the official histories of the JFK assassination, Watergate, the U-2 crisis, etc. The only mention I could find of the MK/ULTRA mind control program was buried in the footnotes. Operation Mockingbird and Operation...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading on the CIA history, March 18, 2013
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This review is from: The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms And The CIA (Hardcover)
It's a rich and detailed history of Richard Helms' tenure at the CIA by a masterful writer. The Helms that emerges here is a multidimensional figure as opposed to the cardboard cutout that some people tried to show after the 1970s revelations of assassinations, coups and cover-ups.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but limited, September 28, 2013
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This review is from: The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms And The CIA (Hardcover)
This is a pretty mainstream portrait from 1979 of Richard Helms, a key figure in the CIA from the late 1940s until 1973. Unfortunately Powers simply accepts the official histories of the JFK assassination, Watergate, the U-2 crisis, etc. The only mention I could find of the MK/ULTRA mind control program was buried in the footnotes. Operation Mockingbird and Operation Paperclip may also be hidden in there somewhere. Still, this is a good introduction to any study of Helms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative, June 14, 2010
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This review is from: The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms And The CIA (Hardcover)
This book has a high density of useful information. I have read about 25 books on espionage over the years and this is the best.
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The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms And The CIA
The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms And The CIA by Thomas Powers (Hardcover - October 12, 1979)
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