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The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence (Modern War Studies) annotated edition Edition
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More About the Author
After his retirement, Batvinis pursued his PhD in American History and earned it in 2002 from The Catholic University of America. His doctoral dissertation focused on the history of FBI, which later became the basis for his first book, "The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence." His second book about FBI history is entitled, "Hoover's Secret War Against Axis Spies: FBI Counterespionage During World War II."
Dr. Batvinis teaches FBI history at various universities. He lives in Maryland and continues his research as well as speaking engagements and teaching. For more information, go to his website: FBIstudies.com.
Top Customer Reviews
In his book,The Origins of FBI Counterintelligence, Raymond J. Batvinis provides a history of the U.S. government's recognition in the late 1930s that a specific, professional, and coordinated response to clandestine foreign-government activities was necessary. As Batvinis explains, his book "traces the factors that led to the sudden awareness of the intelligence threat facing the nation, the reaction to that threat and the steps taken to confront it." To provide context, he bookends his narrative with two Nazi espionage cases that significantly impacted the decisions of this era. Batvinis details the mistakes and failures of the early counterintelligence effort, the tensions and rivalries between the government bureaucracies, and the innovations and accomplishments of the resulting institutional structures, such as the Interdepartmental Intelligence Conference, the Special Intelligence Service, and the Plant Survey Program.
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Raymond Batvinis also does a fine job of exploring the bureaucratic battles within the government--especially between the FBI and the State Department--over who performed the mission and how it would be executed. The combination of the FBI's criminal investigation skills coupled with new techniques and objectives--for example wiretapping and domestic surveillance--presages some the debates and abuses of the post-9/11 era. In this regard "The Origins of FBI Counter-Intelligence" is highly instructive.
While an excellent book in overall, I was taken by the lack of depth in discussing the beginnings of the dispute between J. Edgar Hoover and General William Donovan of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner of the CIA, over jurisdictional issues involving counterintelligence from the onset of World War II. This is why I gave it a four instead of a five star review. Nonetheless, this is a very fine study of an important topic.
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Product was as described and arrived on time. Looks great!!Published 2 months ago by C. Seavon Bell
The Marylanders: Without Shelter or a Crumb I strongly recommend this book. Dr. Batvinis has thoroughly researched the topic of our government's efforts prior to World War Two to... Read morePublished on July 10, 2008 by Stephen D. Calhoun