Intelligence wars

For the past several years I have read the review/essays of Thomas Powers on issues related to cloak and dagger intelligence in the New York Review of Books. I have no expertise whatsoever on the subject and therefore no way of evaluating Powers except in the context of my respect for the pioneering books of historians like Ronald Radosh and Allen Weinstein that definitively settled certain Cold War controversies. I found Powers’ essays to be bracing, interesting, and intellectually honest. Powers has now collected all his review/essays into a book that is reviewed in tomorrow’s Sunday New York Times Book Review. The review itself is interesting and gives a good sense of Powers’ essays: “‘Intelligence wars’: The secrets of the secret war.”

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