Johnson's book is a welcome addition to a spate of books published recently on this subject. An experienced congressional overseer of intelligence, he writes in clean, easy prose about the covert actions that grab the headlines but, happily, his book ranges across the agency's functions. It is imbued throughout with good sense about how secret intelligence and democratic society can be made to coexist. The Godson volume, a product of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, is dominated by the perspective of intelligence practitioners in the executive branch, but its chapters and discussion are a useful summary of the issues that confront American intelligence.
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