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The Night Watch
The Night Watch
By David Atlee Phillips
Atheneum, 1977, 320 pp
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Portrait of a Cold Warrior
Portrait of a Cold Warrior
By Joseph B. Smith
Putnam, 1976, 448 pp
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Each of these books has been written by an ex-CIA senior officer with 25 years service in the agency, mostly on the clandestine side. Smith's is more critical and disillusioned, decrying the arrogance and career opportunism which he claims have overtaken the CIA. Phillips, who was in charge of Latin American operations during the Allende years, is now President of the Association of Retired Intelligence Officers. Though unabashedly supportive of the agency, his is nevertheless a more interesting and intelligent work.