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The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA
The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA
By Thomas Powers
Knopf, , 393 pp
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Although the author cannot penetrate Richard Helms' reserve, this is the most convincing of the many recent books on the CIA, and certainly the most temperate and objective. Powers seeks to explain, not indict. He demonstrates that the character and behavior of the CIA were shaped ultimately by the demands put on the agency by Presidents.