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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 US 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.

©2017 Jefferson Morley (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Flawed Superpatriot

Angleton was the consummate spymaster, one of the founding fathers of the American intelligence apparatus. But he had blind spots, and truly believed he knew better than the constitution and that his calling elevated him above the normal limits of the law. Those egregious shadow organization exploits and rumors were real, and Angleton was behind most of them. Jefferson Morley's careful research and clear analysis brings the tale of this legendary man in the shadows into focus and maps his accomplishments, failures, and a few unindicted crimes. John Pruden's narration is spot on, even though he did misspeak the name of the president from 2017 instead of 1951 in one place (2:40 into chapter 12). A fascinating and sometimes scary study of one facet of the intelligence world.

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Secrecy Kills Democracy

Jefferson Morley has dawn every tax payer and citizen a great service through this work. His skill at turning complex research into accessible narrative benefits both the dilettante and expert readers alike.

If you work in government or politics, this is mandatory reading. I wish it was available 30 years ago when I started my career.

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This is a well written story of a fascinating man

This is a well written story of a fascinating man. Morley exposes crimes against the country but puts the man in context both personal and historical.

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Axe to Grind?

The controversial nature of Angleton does not lead to objective writing, however this is more of a People’s History of Angleton. According to Morley, Angleton is a pro-Nazi Zionist. The KGB always got the best of him, and the Yom Kippur War, Kennedy’s assassination, the failure of the Vietnam War, and modern NSA collections were some of the results of Angleton’s machinations.

Morley is not constrained by facts or nuance when omissions and distortions better prove his thesis.

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Did he mean "Truman"

Its kind of hard to take this book seriously when at around Chapter 12 02:38 the narrator states that In 1951 Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion met with President Trump and Walter Bedell Smith. Seems sloppy...

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Not a lot new

Narrator says that “Ben Gurion met with President Trump in 1951” - guessing that’s not in the book.

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