- Paperback: 639 pages
- Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (September 1, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671661590
- ISBN-13: 978-0671661595
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,879,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 Paperback – September 1, 1988
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Woodward's books on Watergate, the Supreme Court, and John Belushi were not so controversial as Veil. His deathbed visit to William Casey, former CIA head, has been disputed by Casey's wife. What Woodward knew about Casey's Iran-contra role was apparently withheld from Congress. All this smoke has drawn attention from the fire. Woodward's tale of attempted murders, payoffs to foreign leaders, covert contra aid, covert aid to Britain in the Falklands War, and anti-terrorist squads is formidable. He presents Casey's CIA as a dangerously illegal loose cannon on the deck of U.S. foreign policy. Richard B. Finnegan, Stonehill Coll., North Easton, Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."
-- Bob Schieffer,CBS News Face the Nation
"Bob Woodward, the master chronicler of Washington's deepest secrets, has produced an investigative record of the CIA's turbulent years under the late William Casey....Veil plows more new ground than a dozen tractors in Iowa."
-- U.S. News & World Report
"Veil lays bare, in a way that no reportage has done before, the power struggle between contending factions -- both inside and outside the CIA -- for control over the nation's foreign intelligence apparatus...."
-- The Washington Times
"To read Veil is to be astonished at the access Woodward achieved....The reader is invited to understand Casey. The author dared open himself to Casey's charm, to Casey's rationale...."
-- New York Daily News
"Fifteen years after he unraveled Watergate as little more than a policebeat reporter, Woodward has lost none of his edge as one of the finest journalistic investigators of our time....Woodward has succeeded brilliantly in cracking state secrets...."
-- Los Angeles Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top customer reviews
Specifically covering past espionage operations, this book relates excellent past internal working and policy decision making between various intelligence agencies, political players and other intelligence sources, not just the CIA. It covers specific, proven events...in great detail.
You can get an in-depth idea of how "shadow systems" work around, and with, existing civilian and government markets, as well as DC politics that are often involved in big business and major political entities world-wide.
I find it a very informative book, especially with its "hindsight" into deeper inner workings of not just what policy IS, but HOW policy is CARRIED OUT in the real world, and the not so visible world.
An eye opener...well written, as to simultaneously inform and entertain.
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