American Covert Operations, 1st Edition

  • J. Ransom Clark
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  • ISBN-10: 0313383294
  • ISBN-13: 9780313383298
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released September 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Long before the creation of the CIA, the American government utilized special intelligence strategies with varying degrees of success. Even though critics throughout time have questioned the effectiveness and legitimacy of these tactics, presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama have employed secret operations to benefit the nation's best interest. This book follows America's history of intelligence gathering, undercover operations, and irregular warfare. Through chronologically organized chapters, the author examines secret military maneuvers, highlighting the elements common to covert and special operations across historical eras, and concluding with a chapter on national security since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Establishing Context.
2: From Revolution to World War II.
3: World War II.
4: Beginning the Cold War.
5: The Heyday: 1953–1961.
6: Challenging Times: 1961–1973.
7: New Rules, New Challenges: 1974–1981.
8: Agreements and Disagreements: 1981–1989.
9: New Presidents, New Rules: 1989–2001.
10: A Changed Game.
11: New President, Continuing Challenges.
Selected Bibliography.
About the Author.