עריכה מדעית: אסיה לב
מורשת של אפר - CIA
For the past sixty years, the US Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, has managed to maintain an impressive reputation despite a series of failures and mistakes buried in top secret archives. Her mission was to get to know the world. Unable to do so, the Central Intelligence Agency sought to change the world. This has meant repeated attempts from the 1950s onwards to bring about coups and change regimes around the world. Its failures in this mission instilled in America, in the words of President Eisenhower, a "legacy of ashes."
The author, Tim Weiner, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, presents us with a comprehensive and authoritative historical review by the CIA, all based on reliable documentation and things said for the quote. Ash's legacy is based on more than fifty thousand documents, mostly from the CIA archives itself, and on hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans from its inception after World War II, through the Cold War and the war on terror, to the events of 9/11.
This book is at times amusing and at times shocking, but it is always fascinating and opens the door to the reader behind the scenes of American politics from the end of World War II to the present day. The author, with a keen eye for juicy details, exposes the weaknesses of the Central Intelligence Agency in the context of major events in the history of the United States: the Cold War, the Korean War, the invasion of Pig Bay and the Cuban Missile Crisis, Canadian assassination, Vietnam War, Gulf War, 9/11 disaster and more . Key figures, such as the infamous President Nixon over the Watergate affair and the young and charismatic President John F. Kennedy, are presented in a new and surprising light against the backdrop of intrigue in American foreign policy.
The New York Times praised Tim Weiner's articles on the CIA and American intelligence, saying they were "impressive reporting" and "extremely entertaining." The Wall Street Journal called Weiner's book "the best book ever written about espionage cases."
Tim Weiner is the New York Times reporter. He has been writing about American intelligence for twenty years; Won the Pulitzer Prize for his articles on the secret plans of the National Security; Traveled to Afghanistan and other countries to investigate firsthand the CIA's secret operations. "Legacy of Ashes" is his third book.