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The Agency: The Rise and Fall of the CIA
The Agency: The Rise and Fall of the CIA
By John Ranelagh
847 pp, Simon & Schuster, 1986
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Mr. Ranelagh, a British television producer, has written the best comprehensive history of the CIA. He is in control of the massive secondary literature, has used the Freedom of Information Act effectively, interviewed widely, and mined congressional sources. The tone is critical but detached, devoid of both the muckraking passion of the left and the self-congratulatory approach of the old-boy network. A fine book.