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American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, Watergate, and Beyond

E. Howard Hunt

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Hardcover. 352 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.3in. x 1.4in.Startling revelations from the OSS, the CIA, and the Nixon White houseThink you know everything there is to know about the OSS, the Cold War, the CIA, and Watergate Think again. In American Spy, one of the key figures in postwar international and political espionage tells all. Former OSS and CIA operative and White House staffer E. Howard Hunt takes you into the covert designs of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon: His involvement in the CIA coup in Guatemala in 1954, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and moreHis work with CIA officials such as Allen Dulles and Richard HelmsHis friendship with William F. Buckley Jr. , whom Hunt brought into the CIAThe amazing steps the CIA took to manipulate the media in America and abroadThe motives behind the break-in at Daniel Ellsbergs psychiatrists officeWhy the White House plumbers were formed and what they accomplishedThe truth behind Operation Gemstone, a series of planned black ops activities against Nixons political enemiesA minute-by-minute account of the Watergate break-inPreviously unreleased details of the post-Watergate cover-upComplete with documentation from audiotape transcripts, handwritten notes, and official documents, American Spy is must reading for anyone who is fascinated by real-life spy tales, high-stakes politics, and, of course, Watergate. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780471789826

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Title: American Spy: My Secret History in the CIA, ...

Publisher: Wiley (TP)

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Startling revelations from the OSS, the CIA, and the Nixon White house

Think you know everything there is to know about the OSS, the Cold War, the CIA, and Watergate? Think again. In American Spy, one of the key figures in postwar international and political espionage tells all. Former OSS and CIA operative and White House staffer E. Howard Hunt takes you into the covert designs of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon:

  • His involvement in the CIA coup in Guatemala in 1954, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and more
  • His work with CIA officials such as Allen Dulles and Richard Helms
    His friendship with William F. Buckley Jr., whom Hunt brought into the CIA
  • The amazing steps the CIA took to manipulate the media in America and abroad
  • The motives behind the break-in at Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office
  • Why the White House ""plumbers"" were formed and what they accomplished
  • The truth behind Operation Gemstone, a series of planned black ops activities against Nixon's political enemies
  • A minute-by-minute account of the Watergate break-in
  • Previously unreleased details of the post-Watergate cover-up

Complete with documentation from audiotape transcripts, handwritten notes, and official documents, American Spy is must reading for anyone who is fascinated by real-life spy tales, high-stakes politics, and, of course, Watergate.

From the Inside Flap:

For three decades, E. Howard Hunt served his nation, first in the U.S. Navy, then in the OSS and CIA, before being hired by President Nixon's staff, for whom he helped plan the infamous Watergate break-in. Now he reveals what he could only hint at in his seventy-plus spy novels: his role in some of the best known and least understood events in the postwar era. And he does so without spin or excuses.

From his early days as an OSS operative in China during World War II, through his decades as a covert cold warrior with the CIA, and on to his fateful years in the Nixon White House, Hunt vividly describes the rigorous training, meticulous planning, and artful deceit that are the meat and potatoes of the espionage game. He offers startling revelations about the CIA's 1954 coup in Guatemala, the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion, the agency's covert domestic propaganda campaign, and much more.

He also discusses the 1971 break-in of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office, reveals his motives for participating in Watergate, even though he thought it was a mistake, and explains why his wife was carrying $10,000 in cash when she died in a plane crash en route to Chicago in 1972. He also reveals that because his daughter failed to follow his directions and dispose of incriminating evidence, he was later able to use these materials and become the star witness against the heads of the Watergate conspiracy.

In the post-Watergate years, Hunt became the focus of numerous conspiracy theories suggesting that he: participated in the JFK assassination; wrote the book by George Wallace's would-be assassin; knew the secret "alternative" motive for breaking into the DNC headquarters. Hunt debunks a number of these accusations and defends himself vigorously against the rest.

Based on audiotape transcripts, interviews, handwritten memos, and documents that Hunt has kept over the years, American Spy takes you behind the scenes to meet all of the Watergate conspirators as you've never seen them before. Destined to provoke many new controversies as it puts others to rest, it is the most memorable memoir you'll read this year.

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