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A World of Secrets: The Uses and Limits of Intelligence

Laqueur, Walter

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ISBN 10: 0465092373 / ISBN 13: 9780465092376
Published by Basic Books, New York, 1985
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25 cm, 404, notes, index, stains to fore-edge, some wear and small creases to DJ edges. In this magisterial survey and assessment of U.S. intelligence activities over the last forty years, a world renowned scholar provides the first systematic and authoritative evaluation of this country's intelligence gathering machinery. Bookseller Inventory # 44341

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Title: A World of Secrets: The Uses and Limits of ...

Publisher: Basic Books, New York

Publication Date: 1985

Book Condition: good, good

Edition: First Printing.

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An assessment of U.S. intelligence gathering pinpoints its successes and failures and examines where improvements are needed based on an analysis of previously inaccessible material and personal interviews with leaders of government and the intelligence c

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Laqueur, author of numerous books on the Middle East, terrorism, and European history, now writes about intelligence. Eschewing the dramatic ``spy story'' approach, he focuses on the production, analysis, and consumption of political intelligence. Thus the discussion of types of information, the history of intelligence collection, foreign systems, and successes and failures is filtered through the lens of political utility in making sound decisions. The ``missile gap,'' the Cuban missile crisis, and Vietnam provide examples of ambiguity, success, and failure in collection, analysis, and impact of decisions. Laqueur concludes that good intelligence depends upon talented and experienced practitioners, but in the final analysis it can only enhance sound policy, not replace it. A valuable book for scholars and decision makers. Richard B. Finnegan, Political Science Dept., Stonehill Coll., N. Easton, Mass.
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