General Reinhard Gehlen: The CIA Connection

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9780913969304: General Reinhard Gehlen: The CIA Connection

This is the first authoritative account of the postwar relationship between General Reinhard Gehlen, a figure unique in the history of espionage, and American intelligence. Eleven years after the defeat of Germany, Gehlen, Hitler's chief of eastern front intelligence, became head of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) for the democratic West German government of Konrad Adenauer. The core of his staff in the BND were the same officers who had served with him under Hitler. The instruments for this metamorphosis were agencies of Gehlen's former enemy: U.S. Army Intelligence and the CIA. How did this happen and why? Was there a Nazi connection? This book answers these questions in detail, combining the elements of a gripping novel of espionage with solid scholarship based on U.S. government documents and interviews with former G-2, CIC and CIA officers.

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Mary Ellen Reese is a graduate of Harvard and a former member of the editorial staff of "The New Yorker." Her most recent book, "Breaking Cover", was a national bestseller.

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Reese, whose best-selling Breaking Cover ( LJ 8/80) made public a secret military fund that was used for personal purposes by a string of U.S. Presidents, here turns her considerable journalistic skills to uncovering the truth about how Hitler's former chief intelligence officer became, with CIA support, West Germany's Chief of Intelligence. With meticulous fairness and close attention to detail, Reese carefully describes how Gehlen's skills and knowledge about the Soviet threat to the West in 1945 was considered more important to some in the U.S. government than his at-best checkered past serving the Nazi war machine. Only when Gehlen became embroiled in a political battle with the West German defense minister and then in West German court proceedings concerning Soviet spy infiltration and the leaking of classified documents did the CIA abandon its support of this former Nazi general. A microcosmic and fascinating case study of how the emerging Cold War shaped America's treatment of her former enemy.
- Jack Forman, Mesa Coll. Lib., San Diego
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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