Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961, Second Edition

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The CIA and its World War II predecessor, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), were for many years largely populated by members of Ivy League colleges, particularly Yale. In this highly acclaimed book, Robin Winks explores the underlying bonds between the university and the intelligence communities, introducing a fascinating cast of characters that include safe-crackers and experts in Azerbaijani as well as such social luminaries as Paul Mellon, David Bruce, John P. Marquand, Jr., and William Vanderbilt. This edition of the book includes a new preface by Winks.

Reviews of the first edition:

 

"One of the best studies of intelligence in recent years."—Edward Jay Epstein, Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

"The most original book yet written on the interpenetration of counter-intelligence and campus."—Andrew Sinclair, Sunday Times (London)

 

"Winks writes a lively compound of analysis and anecdote to illuminate the bonds between academe and the intelligence community. His book is a towering achievement."—Robert W. Smith, Chicago Sun-Times  

 

"Among the more important contributions to the history of Anglo-American espionage to appear this or any other year. . . . Moves with an unfolding pace that any thriller writer might envy."—Tom Dowling, San Francisco Examiner

 

"A brilliant book."—Sallie Pisani, Journal of American History

 

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Robin W. Winks is Randolph W. Townsend, Jr., Professor of History at Yale University.

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Winks relates how faculty members at Yale adjusted their research to assist in military intelligence during World War II and why a large percentage of Yale graduates were recruited into the Office of Strategic Services. He then describes the valuable work many of these men performed. Included is the story of the controversial Donald Downes, class of '26, who the author believes came close to being the perfect spy. The most interesting figurein a book crowded with themis James Jesus Angleton, class of '41, a legendary theoretician "who brooded longest, and perhaps with the greatest penetration, over the specialized methodolgy of counterintelligence." In relating Angleton's complex story, Winks analyzes the CIA's "Israeli connection," the Great Mole Hunt, the Church committee hearings and the development of policy differences within the intelligence community that led to Angleton's downfall as chief of U.S. counterintelligence. There is much new material here, based on interviews and recently declassified files. Winks is a Yale history professor. Illustrations.
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