9780300064308-0300064306-Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs

Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs

ISBN-13: 9780300064308
ISBN-10: 0300064306
Edition: 1st Edition
Author: Bissell Jr., Richard
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hardcover 280 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780300064308
ISBN-10: 0300064306
Edition: 1st Edition
Author: Bissell Jr., Richard
Publication date: 1996
Publisher: Yale University Press
Format: Hardcover 280 pages

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Acknowledged authors Bissell Jr., Richard wrote Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs comprising 280 pages back in 1996. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0300064306 and 9780300064308. Since then Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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Richard M. Bissell, Jr., the most important CIA spymaster in history, singlehandedly led America's intelligence service from the age of Mata Hari into the space age. Under his guidance the U-2 spy-plane, the SR-71 "Blackbird," and the Corona spy satellite were developed, and the agency rose to the pinnacle of its power. Bissell was also, however, the architect of the infamous Bay of Pigs operation that failed to overthrow Castro in 1961 and led to the decline of the CIA. In this compelling memoir, Bissell gives us an insider's view of the personalities, policies, and historical forces surrounding these and other covert operations and the lessons learned during those times of conflict.
Bissell begins by describing his early years as a member of America's unofficial aristocracy. Born in a house that his father bought from Samuel Clemens, he was educated at Groton and Yale and befriended by Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, among others. Bissell recounts how he became acting head of the Economic Cooperation Administration, the agency in charge of the Marshall Plan after World War II, and helped to create the European Payments Union. Bissell was brought into the CIA in 1954, where he initiated a revolution in intelligence-gathering techniques. He reveals the details of these developments, as well as of the unique CIA-Lockheed partnership he pioneered, his participation in the CIA-sponsored coup to overthrow Arbenz in Guatemala, and his involvement in crises in Laos and the Congo. Bissell's memoir sheds light not only on pivotal points of American foreign policy but also on America's evolution from isolationist to interventionist superpower.

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