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U.S. Intelligence and the Confrontation in Poland, 1980-1981
Douglas MacEachin - Jul 01, 2004 (first published in 1998)
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Despite the U.S. government's sophisticated intelligence capabilities, policy makers repeatedly seemed to be caught off guard when major crises took place during the Cold War. Were these surprises the result of inadequate information, or rather the use made of the information available? In seeking an answer to this question, former CIA analyst Doug...
David Priess
Feb 19, 2021
A legendary intel officer, Doug MacEachin, has left us. Much of his impact, as Joe mentions below, was in improving the critical thinking and writing of those working with him. He also wrote one hell of a book, “U.S. Intelligence and the Confrontation in Poland, 1980–1981.”      source
The Storm Before the Storm
The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
Mike Duncan - Oct 16, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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The creator of the award-winning podcast series The History of Rome and Revolutions brings to life the bloody battles, political machinations, and human drama that set the stage for the fall of the Roman Republic. The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. Beginning as a small city-state in centra...
David Priess
Feb 17, 2021
@DennisDonoghue2 @mikeduncan It’s such a great book. And I cited it again, in more detail, on the @BulwarkOnline Podcast just recorded, posting later today!      source
Raven Rock
The Story of the U.S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself--While the Rest of Us Die
Garrett M. Graff - May 22, 2018 (first published in 2017)
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A fresh window on American history: The eye-opening truth about the government's secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil--even if the rest of us die--a roadmap that spans from the dawn of the nuclear age to today. Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed "MUSSEL," flies over the Potomac Rive...
David Priess
Nov 16, 2020
@aussieintel Not my area of expertise. But this book is a great primer:      source
After Trump
Reconstructing the Presidency
Bob Bauer - Aug 31, 2020
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In After Trump: Reconstructing the Presidency, Bob Bauer and Jack Goldsmith provide a comprehensive roadmap for reform of the presidency in the post-Trump era—whether that comes in four months or four years.In fourteen chapters they offer more than fifty concrete proposals concerning presidential conflicts of interest, foreign influence on election...
David Priess
Oct 19, 2020
If you predicted five years ago that @BarackObama would praise the ideas of @jacklgoldsmith to 124 million people, stand up. Sit down, liars. Nobody predicted this. These are strange times we’re living in. (Oh, and the book really is good—order here:      source
31 Days
Gerald Ford, the Nixon Pardon and A Government in Crisis
Barry Werth - Feb 13, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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In 31 Days, acclaimed historian Barry Werth takes readers inside the White House during the tumultuous days of August 1974, following Richard Nixon's resignation and the swearing-in of America's "accidental president," Gerald Ford. The Watergate scandal had torn the country apart. In a dramatic, day-by-day account of the new administration’s inner ...
David Priess
Jul 14, 2020
@WTF_Again_ Ford explained his dilemma, and his reasoning, forthrightly in his memoirs. One need not agree with his decision to appreciate his careful deliberation and principled reasons for choosing that option. And this book is a great deep dive into that period:      source
In the Dark of War
A CIA Officer's Inside Account of the U.S. Evacuation from Libya
Sarah M. Carlson - Jun 23, 2020
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A CIA officer’s inside account of how Libya’s descent into rampant violence precipitated the harrowing overland evacuation of the entire U.S. Mission from Tripoli after being trapped in the city for weeks.Most of the world is aware of the tragic events surrounding the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. Most are also aware ...
David Priess
Jun 22, 2020
Sarah Carlson offers unusual insight into the dramatic evacuation of the US Embassy in Libya in 2014 in this deeply personal account of her traumatic experience as an intelligence analyst supporting that breakneck withdrawal. Read this book!      source
Nuking the Moon
And Other Intelligence Schemes and Military Plots Left on the Drawing Board
Vince Houghton - May 05, 2020 (first published in 2019)
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The International Spy Museum's Historian takes us on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened, but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or even certifiably insane "Compulsively readable laugh out loud history."-Mary RoachIn 1958, the U.S. Air Force nuked the moon as a show of military force. In 1967,...
David Priess
Jun 19, 2019
I did say that, and I meant it. Nuking the Moon is truly a remarkable book.      source