Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961

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Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961

By Robin W. Winks
Morrow, 1987
607 pp. $22.95

A Yale historian describes how one university pitched in during World War II (in ways that would have been applauded then had they been widely known), and then tells of a small sample of Yale men in parts of the OSS, both frustrated and fulfilled. The only story truly carried forward to the era of the CIA is that of the pivotal James Angleton, in a chapter that is a balanced mini-book, and which should be, with the extensive and sophisticated end notes, the book's most useful contribution for students of intelligence. For the rest this is a well-done case study of both the OSS and the wartime relations between "cloak" and "gown," rather than a comprehensive assessment of either. A concluding chapter to draw morals and connect past to present is provocative but sketchy.

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