The Unknown CIA: My Three Decades With The Agency

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The Unknown CIA: My Three Decades With The Agency

By Russell Jack Smith
Pergamon-Brassey's, 1989
221 pp. $18.95
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This is an amiable memoir of a career in what, as Richard Helms put it, the CIA "was really set up to do"-patient analysis in Washington, not derring-do abroad. Smith was the deputy director for intelligence of what he-and every other ex-professional, no matter how disaffected-calls "CIA"; outsiders say "the CIA." He does not propose to be analytic about the craft of analysis, but he gives us a rich feel for workaday life inside intelligence, and he rails gently against (the) CIA's deformation by covert operations.

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