The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton by Jefferson Morley

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The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton Read Online Free - "The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived." - Tim Weiner, National Book Award-winning author of Legacy of Ashes

A revelatory new biography of the sinister, powerful, and paranoid man at the heart of the CIA for more than three tumultuous decades.

CIA spymaster James Jesus Angleton was one of the most powerful unelected officials in the United States government in the mid-20th century, a ghost of American power. From World War II to the Cold War, Angleton operated beyond the view of the public, Congress, and even the president. He unwittingly shared intelligence secrets with Soviet spy Kim Philby, a member of the notorious Cambridge spy ring. He launched mass surveillance by opening the mail of hundreds of thousands of Americans. He abetted a scheme to aid Israel’s own nuclear efforts, disregarding U.S. security. He committed perjury and obstructed the JFK assassination investigation. He oversaw a massive spying operation on the antiwar and black nationalist movements and he initiated an obsessive search for communist moles that nearly destroyed the Agency.

In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton’s dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency’s MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation’s enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.

Title : The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton
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ISBN : 1250080614
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Pete rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2017

A very thorough biography of the career of James Angleton as CIA's Associate Deputy Director of Operations for Counterintelligence (ADDOCI) from 1954 to 1975. I have come to this publication through my interest in the Kennedy killings and have previously met Jefferson Morley back in 2013, when he...

Mandy rated it ★★★★☆

November 30, 2017

Author Tim Weiner called this book “The best book ever written about the strangest CIA chief who ever lived” and although I’m not knowledgeable enough to know whether it is in fact the best book ever, it is certainly an endlessly fascinating and engaging biography, entertaining, painstakingly res...

Becky rated it ★★★★☆

January 05, 2018

Why read a fictional thriller when you can read about the real thing? James Jesus Angleton was a spy master. OK, he was a counter-intelligence spy master. Growing up, he knew privilege, culture, and education. He had a brain and knew how to use it. He decided to use it in the field of counter-inte...

Jay rated it ★★★★★

November 05, 2017

A Worthy Title—well worth the read. A ‘Ghost’ is exactly how I’ve come to think of Jim Angleton. He’s long been a fascinating figure, one I (and apparently many more) have never completely figured out. I highly recommend The Ghost to anyone who is interested in history, government & of course,...

Nick rated it ★★★★☆

November 10, 2017

This is a gripping and detailed book about James Angleton, one of America's foremost spies after the end of WWII and into the 1950s and late 1960s. If you want to know more about the secret history of the United States government pertaining to counterintelligence this is a great book to read.

Robin rated it ★★★☆☆

December 13, 2017

The Ghost, as the subtitle foretells, is a fairly comprehensive biography of James Jesus Angleton, CIA spook extraordinaire. Angleton began working in national security with the OSS during World War II in Italy. Because of his unusual childhood, much of it spent abroad, he was fluent in several l...

Ian rated it ★★★★☆

December 22, 2017

For anyone alive and curious during the 1960s this book connects a lot of dots. It seems well-researched and agrees well with other reliable information to present a picture of the man who is in many ways enabled the current state of domestic spying in the US and consequently many other countries...

Ogden rated it ★★★★★

January 15, 2018

This is a very good book. This guy was probably the basis of "cigarette smoking man" in X-files. He had big power but was little known. Although he was an interesting character, he did a lot of illegal stuff. This book makes the claim he did a fair amount of damage. For example he had niformation...

Juju rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 20, 2017

I won this book in a giveaway and was excited to read because I love spy novels and I thought this would be interesting. It is really hard to get into. I read a third of the book before I just had to put it down. I did not like the writing style and the author would talk about one thing and jump...

Gail rated it ★☆☆☆☆

December 13, 2017

I only made it through thirty pages before I called it quits. I do not like the author's style of writing at all. It was boring to me. The book needs editing help (funny that the author is an editor but he didn't edit his own writing) plus proofreading. I found so many mistakes with missing words...

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