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The CIA And American Democracy
The CIA And American Democracy
By Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones
Yale University Press, 1989, 338 pp

This is also the season for CIA histories, and this one is both widely researched and readably short. It is strong in locating the CIA in its democratic context-the forbidding of CIA activities at home, for instance, reflected the fear of a police state, but it also made for ragged relations between the CIA and the FBI. Unfortunately, as it is preoccupied with the Iran-contra affair, the book misses the CIA story of the 1980s: once exceptional, the CIA has come to resemble the rest of the government in the character of its relations with that other branch, Congress.