Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs: Intelligence and America's Quest for Security

3.45 avg rating
( 11 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780814742532: Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs: Intelligence and America's Quest for Security
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Recent years have seen numerous books about the looming threat posed to Western society by biological and chemical terrorism, by narcoterrorists, and by the unpredictable leaders of rogue nations. Some of these works have been alarmist. Some have been sensible and measured. But none has been by Loch Johnson.

Johnson, author of the acclaimed Secret Agencies and "an experienced overseer of intelligence" (Foreign Affairs), here examines the present state and future challenges of American strategic intelligence. Written in his trademark style--dubbed "highly readable" by Publishers Weekly--and drawing on dozens of personal interviews and contacts, Johnson takes advantage of his insider access to explore how America today aspires to achieve nothing less than "global transparency," ferreting out information on potential dangers in every corner of the world.

And yet the American security establishment, for all its formidable resources, technology, and networks, currently remains a loose federation of individual fortresses, rather than a well integrated "community" of agencies working together to provide the President with accurate information on foreign threats and opportunities. Intelligence failure, like the misidentified Chinese embassy in Belgrade accidentally bombed by a NATO pilot, is the inevitable outcome when the nation's thirteen secret agencies steadfastly resist the need for central coordination.

Ranging widely and boldly over such controversial topics as the intelligence role of the United Nations (which Johnson believes should be expanded) and whether assassination should be a part of America's foreign policy (an option he rejects for fear that the U.S. would then be cast not only as global policeman but also as global godfather), Loch K. Johnson here maps out a critical and prescriptive vision of the future of American intelligence.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Author of numerous books, Loch K. Johnson is Regents Professor at the University of Georgia.

From Library Journal:

Johnson, Regents professor at the University of Georgia, has produced several important works on American security agencies, including, most recently, Secret Agencies: U.S. Intelligence in a Hostile World. That work serves as the basis for his new outing, which broadly surveys the entire structure of American intelligence activities, ranging from the CIA to the FBI to the National Security Council. Johnson brings to his writing a thorough understanding of how the American intelligence community works while sharing his thoughts on how it should function in the dynamic post-Cold War world. Of particular interest is his exploration of areas readers usually consider beyond the purview of the intelligence agencies, such as the impact of pandemics caused by HIV or the Ebola virus or the threat that eco-terrorists pose for established governments. The American tendency to avoid centralizing its intelligence network could prove costly to national security if information is not readily shared among the competing agencies. Johnson's book is an eye-opening account of our intelligence establishment. Recommended for most collections.DEd Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 27.00
US$ 23.91

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780814742525: Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs: Intelligence and America's Quest for Security (Fast Track Books)

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0814742521 ISBN 13:  9780814742525
Publisher: NYU Press, 2000
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Loch K. Johnson
Published by New York University Press, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English. Brand new Book. Recent years have seen numerous books about the looming threat posed to Western society by biological and chemical terrorism, by narcoterrorists, and by the unpredictable leaders of rogue nations. Some of these works have been alarmist. Some have been sensible and measured. But none has been by Loch Johnson. Johnson, author of the acclaimed Secret Agencies and "an experienced overseer of intelligence" (Foreign Affairs), here examines the present state and future challenges of American strategic intelligence. Written in his trademark style--dubbed "highly readable" by Publishers Weekly--and drawing on dozens of personal interviews and contacts, Johnson takes advantage of his insider access to explore how America today aspires to achieve nothing less than "global transparency," ferreting out information on potential dangers in every corner of the world. And yet the American security establishment, for all its formidable resources, technology, and networks, currently remains a loose federation of individual fortresses, rather than a well integrated "community" of agencies working together to provide the President with accurate information on foreign threats and opportunities. Intelligence failure, like the misidentified Chinese embassy in Belgrade accidentally bombed by a NATO pilot, is the inevitable outcome when the nation's thirteen secret agencies steadfastly resist the need for central coordination. Ranging widely and boldly over such controversial topics as the intelligence role of the United Nations (which Johnson believes should be expanded) and whether assassination should be a part of America's foreign policy (an option he rejects for fear that the U.S. would then be cast not only as global policeman but also as global godfather), Loch K. Johnson here maps out a critical and prescriptive vision of the future of American intelligence. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.91
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Loch K. Johnson
Published by New York University Press, United States (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, United States, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Revised ed.. Language: English. Brand new Book. Recent years have seen numerous books about the looming threat posed to Western society by biological and chemical terrorism, by narcoterrorists, and by the unpredictable leaders of rogue nations. Some of these works have been alarmist. Some have been sensible and measured. But none has been by Loch Johnson. Johnson, author of the acclaimed Secret Agencies and "an experienced overseer of intelligence" (Foreign Affairs), here examines the present state and future challenges of American strategic intelligence. Written in his trademark style--dubbed "highly readable" by Publishers Weekly--and drawing on dozens of personal interviews and contacts, Johnson takes advantage of his insider access to explore how America today aspires to achieve nothing less than "global transparency," ferreting out information on potential dangers in every corner of the world. And yet the American security establishment, for all its formidable resources, technology, and networks, currently remains a loose federation of individual fortresses, rather than a well integrated "community" of agencies working together to provide the President with accurate information on foreign threats and opportunities. Intelligence failure, like the misidentified Chinese embassy in Belgrade accidentally bombed by a NATO pilot, is the inevitable outcome when the nation's thirteen secret agencies steadfastly resist the need for central coordination. Ranging widely and boldly over such controversial topics as the intelligence role of the United Nations (which Johnson believes should be expanded) and whether assassination should be a part of America's foreign policy (an option he rejects for fear that the U.S. would then be cast not only as global policeman but also as global godfather), Loch K. Johnson here maps out a critical and prescriptive vision of the future of American intelligence. Seller Inventory # AAJ9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Johnson, Loch K.
Published by New York University Press 4/1/2002 (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press 4/1/2002, 2002. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Bombs, Bugs, Drugs, and Thugs: Intelligence and America's Quest for Security. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 26.17
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Johnson, Loch K.
Published by New York Univ Press
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Print on Demand
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York Univ Press. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover - This title is now printed on demand - please allow added time for shipment! A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 2599541

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 28.94
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Johnson, Loch K.
Published by NYU Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press, 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # IQ-9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.98
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Loch K. Johnson
Published by New York University Press
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press. Paperback. Condition: New. New copy - Usually dispatched within 2 working days. Seller Inventory # B9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 9.00
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

7.

Johnson Loch K.
Published by New York University Press
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Majestic Books
(London, ,, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press. Condition: New. pp. 298 , Illus. Seller Inventory # 7932810

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 24.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 7.13
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

8.

Johnson, Loch K.
Published by NYU Press (2018)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 17
Print on Demand
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press, 2018. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used! This item is printed on demand. Seller Inventory # 081474253X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.39
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

9.

Loch K. Johnson
Published by New York University Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description New York University Press, 2002. PAP. Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from UK in 4 to 14 days. Established seller since 2000. Seller Inventory # CA-9780814742532

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 25.65
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.67
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

10.

Loch K. Johnson
Published by NYU Press (2002)
ISBN 10: 081474253X ISBN 13: 9780814742532
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description NYU Press, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX081474253X

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 34.56
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book