《New Book Condition + The Spy Story Of The Century》Bob Woodward - VEIL : The Secret Wars Of CIA, 1981 - 1987
This New York Times & The Washington Post bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM74.75. Now here Only at RM18. Veil is the story of the covert wars that were waged in Central America, Iran and Libya in a secretive atmosphere and became the centerpieces and eventual time bombs of American foreign policy in the 1980s. A book on the dirty covert wars of the Reagan era, this has the usual Bob Woodward saws: insider gossip, palace intrigue and a few scoops along the way. Bob Woodward, the best investigative reporter in the country, spent six years examining the CIA using hundreds of inside sources and secret documents to paint a picture of the world's largest espionage apparatus. This is ostensibly about William Casey's tenure as DCI, and his and the Agency's involvement with supporting the Contras. What comes from this work is a lesson in naivete for policy makers, or those who imagine themselves to be such, in a system based on the separation of powers. At a certain stage, Congressmen decided to outlaw support for the Contras. But not to prevent support for the Salvadorean Gov't in suppressing the Marxist insurgency, which was supported by the Sandinista Govt of Nicaragua. So the expectation was that all levels of government were to have the same defintion of "support", in terms of what policy was. Except that the Contras, pigs-in-the-middle, were in Honduras, lodged between Nicaragua and El Salvador, and with a vested interest in resisting Marxists wherever they found them. So what was the military and CIA supposed to do? The answer is in this blow by blow account by Bob Woodward. By its very nature, CIA work is covert. Military activity by its very nature involves subterfuge and keeping the enemy guessing. Woodward himself formerly worked in naval intelligence and he thus understands these dilemmas acutely. He describes Casey's dilemmas and the eventual implosion of his career, but refreshingly the book is free of the naivete which the American public has come to expect from civilian leaders who win votes by moralizing about military affairs about which so often they have little knowledge. Having said that, it also seems clear that the United States undermines its own moralizing about Marxist insurgency in different parts of the globe if it pursues the business of assisting the overthrow of foreign governments. It is all part of the sometimes painful dilemma that Woodward describes in what we have come to expect from him as a masterly way. About the Author Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
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