This book gives the true inside picture of the CIA during the Cold
War and how the agency saw the events in which it was involved.
Breckinridge started his career with the CIA as a briefing officer
(and within a year had become White House Briefing Officer) in 1953
and concluded it as Deputy Inspector General in 1979. The issues
Breckinridge reports on--the Bay of Pigs, the Warren Commission
Report, Vietnam, Watergate, Chile, plots against foreign leaders,
the Ramparts controversy, Laos, the Church and Pike committees--are
among the most controversial in the lives of Americans since the
mid-twentieth century. Breckinridge demostrates that the CIA was
not a "rogue elephant" but an agency acting under high level policy
directives, and he reveals a great deal about the internal life of
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