The CIA and the Pursuit of Security: History, Documents and Contexts

June 7, 2021
The CIA and the Pursuit of Security: History, Documents and Contexts

An illuminating documentary history of America's most renownedintelligence agency. Includes a wealth of declassified documentsthat will give readers an understanding of how the CIA instigated,understood or reacted to key historical events, with the authors'commentary providing broader contextual analysis. Provides a robustdiscussion of topics ranging from the high-Cold War and Vietnam tothe arms race, rendition, and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. Showshow the business of intelligence and spying, and with it the CIA,has evolved since its inception in 1947. Since its creation in1947, the CIA has been at the heart of America's securityapparatus. Written by intelligence scholars and experts, The CIAand the Pursuit of Security offers the reader a lively survey ofthe CIA past and present. The history of the agency is presentedthrough the prism of its declassified documents, with each beingsupplemented by insightful contextual analysis. The book chroniclesthe evolution of the CIA, its remarkable successes, clandestineoperations, and its ongoing struggle to maintain American securityin an age of proliferating threats.ReviewA masterful chronicle of the rich and colorful history of notonly the Central Intelligence Agency, but the IntelligenceCommunity at large. With liberal inclusion of extracts ofhistorically significant documentation, this work reflectsattention to on-point, relevant detail, even-handed balance, andnuanced insight. An interesting, informative read for insiderpractitioners and the general public alike. -- James Clapper ―former US Director of National IntelligenceAbout the AuthorDr Huw Dylan is a Lecturer in Intelligence and InternationalSecurity at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London,where he leads the MA programme in Intelligence and InternationalSecurity. He is also and a visiting Associate Professor at theNorwegian Defence Intelligence School. His book, DefenceIntelligence and the Cold War, was published by Oxford UniversityPress in 2014Dr. David Gioe is Associate Professor of History at the UnitedStates Military Academy at West Point. As an intelligencepractitioner, he spent over 15 years working in the U.S.intelligence community, beginning with an appointment in 2001 as aPresidential Management Fellow in the FBI National SecurityDivision. He then served as an analyst in the CIA CounterterroristCenter before earning field certification as a CIA operationsofficer. He served multiple overseas tours as a case officer. Hehas published in The National Interest, World Politics Review, andhas co-edited a volume on the Cuban Missile Crisis with ChristopherAndrew and Len Scott (Routledge, 2014).Michael S. Goodman is Professor of Intelligence andInternational Affairs in the Department of War Studies, King'sCollege London and Visiting Professor at the Norwegian DefenceIntelligence School. He has published widely in the field ofintelligence history, including most recently The Official Historyof the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach ofthe Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2015), whichwas chosen as one of The Spectator’s books of the year. He isseries editor for Intelligence and Security for Hurst/ColumbiaUniversity Press; and for Intelligence, Surveillance and SecretWarfare for Edinburgh University Press; and is a member of theeditorial boards for five journals. He is currently on secondmentto the Cabinet Office where he is the Official Historian of theJoint Intelligence Committee.