1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2013
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.