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The Quiet Americans : Four CIA Spies at the Dawn of the Cold War
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From the bestselling author of Lawrence in Arabia--the gripping story of four CIA agents during the early days of the Cold War--and how the United States, at the very pinnacle of its power, managed to permanently damage its moral standing in the world."Enthralling ... captivating reading." --The New York Times Book Review At the end of World War II, the United States was considered the victor over tyranny and a champion of freedom. But it was clear--to some--that the Soviet Union was already seeking to expand and foment revolution around the world, and the American government's strategy in response relied on the secret efforts of a newly formed CIA. Chronicling the fascinating lives of four agents, Scott Anderson follows the exploits of four spies: Michael Burke, who organized parachute commandos from an Italian villa; Frank Wisner, an ingenious spymaster who directed actions around the world; Peter Sichel, a German Jew who outwitted the ruthless KGB in Berlin; and Edward Lansdale, a mastermind of psychological warfare in the Far East. But despite their lofty ambitions, time and again their efforts went awry, thwarted by a combination of ham-fisted politicking and ideological rigidity at the highest levels of the government.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781101911730
  • ISBN-10: 1101911735
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: May 2021
  • Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Page Count: 608

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