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The Unknown CIA: My Three Decades With The Agency
The Unknown CIA: My Three Decades With The Agency
By Russell Jack Smith
Pergamon-Brassey's, 1989, 221 pp

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.