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From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

Robert M. Gates

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ISBN 10: 1416543368 / ISBN 13: 9781416543367
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2007
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Title: From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's ...

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: annotated edition.

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From a former director of the CIA, and one who served on the White House staffs of four presidents, this is the inside story of America's and the agency's roles in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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Gates, director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1991 to 1993, began in an entry level position and rose to the top. His insider's account of the Cold War, CIA operations and the unraveling of the Soviet Union is sprinkled with revelations including the fact that 1983 was the most dangerous year in U.S.-U.S.S.R. relations and that both the CIA and KGB sponsored countless "black operations" designed to embarrass and discredit the other side. Gates also reveals that he secretly met with KGB foreign operations chief Vladimir Kryuchkov on two separate occasions and how the CIA often acted in contempt of Congress. While none of this may come as a huge surprise, it never fails to shock when it's laid out in black and white by someone who was on the inside.

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