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Flawed Patriot: The Rise and Fall of CIA Legend Bill Harvey Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 21, 2006
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Written by a former CIA officer who served under Harvey
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First, to Bill Harvey. Sure, he had flaws ("Show me a hero and I'll show you a bum.") He was irrascible, blunt, opinionated, contempuous of those that hadn't paid their dues, and a three-martini lunch drinker. Leave off the drinking and you have Billy Mitchell, Dick Pick or Henry Ford. Harvey was the first CIA giant in positive intelligence collection, initially as an agent handler (case officer), then holding a series of supervisory positions. His output was prodigious, often working twenty hours a day, and he thought others should work as hard as he. He is remembered best for the Berlin tunnel tap on Soviet phone lines, but that was only the tip of the iceberg.
On the negative side, he simply didn't "fit in." He was a Midwesterner from a non-elite university (Indiana University), different in manners, speech, social connections and attitude from the effete (as he called them) Eastern Ivy-Leaguers then as now populating the CIA (and indeed, all Federal bureaucracies.) If one thinks this is no longer the case, allow me to say that the situation is much, much worse today. The enemy (red) states cannot provide leaders in government unless they have been vetted fully through attendance in the Ivy League or Seven Sisters (like Bush, Obama, Clinton, etc.Read more ›
Based on my personal knowledge and my research as an intelligence scholar and professor, Flawed Patroit does no justice to the pioneering work of Bill Harvey in clandestine collection, covert action and technical intelligence operations. In my opinion, Bill Harvey ranks amond the Top Ten Clandestine Service Officers in the history of the Central Intelligence Agency.
because of secrets Bill Harvey knew about me. I wanted to know everything about this man who had a hand at hiding me and my mother. The book well written had details of how the FBI and CIA work. Bill Harvey, the United States 007 is a story everyone should read. However the story did not dig deep enough into his life.
Bill Harvey knew secrets he learned from the FBI and the CIA about Jack Kennedy. J. Edgar Hoover had all his personal secrets about people of power destroyed after his death, secrets Bill Harvey knew, Code Name Apollo: A Kennedy Legacy secrets he had gathered for J. Edgar. I wonder if Bill Harvey still worked for J. Edgar at the same time he was a CIA agent. The book was great but I wanted to know more about this man..
The apotheosis of Harvey's career was conceiving of and managing the digging of the Berlin Tunnel in 1953--an audacious wire-tap of 172 telephone cables just over the border in East Berlin. Before the author gets to telling us this story, he foreshadows it many times as if he's already told it. When he does tell it, the tale is vague and incomplete. Little of the extreme tension is conveyed that this major espionage coup created among the band of agents who carried it out, and none of the exultation.
Harvey was an anomaly in the rising intelligence community. Just like those other genius mavericks--General Billy Mitchell, General George Patton, Col. Charlie Beckwith--he bucked his superiors to get things done, and like them, he was undone by the iron law of all bureaucracies-- that fealty is much more important than results. His resentment at Bobbie Kennedy's ultra micro-managing of the Bay of Pigs fiasco certainly contributed to its failure. It certainly scuttle Harvey's career. Yet what politician has ever learned the harsh lesson that others' are better at their jobs than they are--so let them do their jobs?
A serious 3-martini luncheon schmoozer, Harvey was adroit in finding and attracting talented cohorts. He built up highly loyal groups in spite of the usual internecine infighting that is the hallmark of all operational organizations. In the end his drinking got the better of him, and he was cast off like all such "failures.Read more ›
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A fascinating story of a complicated guy at the heart of the Cold War.Published 11 months ago by bradford schultze
Worth the read for those interested in JFK, and his demise. The author's background makes you wonder what is designed to obfuscate.Published 13 months ago by Bob Wilson
An absolute must read for those who have even a remote interest in our national secrets and our efforts to keep them from the
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I really love spy novels and if based on true characters, the better. I would and have recommended this book to others.Published on March 15, 2014 by mark sharp
This book is a fun read for those who are students of the cold war. During some of the worst days of the cold war Bill Harvey was there. Read morePublished on November 4, 2013 by Sgt. Rock
Stockton does not so much as create a narrative as stitch together a hodge podge of anecdotes. The results are a book that that does little to shed light on the character and... Read morePublished on February 12, 2011 by Thaddeus
This book should be read by every citizen seeking to understand where American government has gone wrong over the past 60 years. Read morePublished on January 4, 2008 by W.A.R.