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“Secret wars” waged by CIA task-forces are usually confined to the pages of spy-thrillers. But when the storyteller is the former Section Chief in charge of planning and field operations in Angola, and his story is true, the “spy thriller” becomes chilling fact.

©1978 John Stockwell (P)1981 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • 02-14-13

A DISILLUSIONED COLD WARRIOR

An old Africa hand gets involved with the war in Angola and becomes totally disillusioned, writes a book and becomes a whistle blower - a casualty of the Cold War.

I like the CIA in theory. We need an intelligence gathering service but the excesses of the Cold War years are disheartening. More recent CIA memoirs lead me to believe that we've gotten better. Let's hope so.

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My Country Tis Of Thee, Sweet Land Of Liberty?

This book need to tbe listened to or read by every American. We are told that we must trust and believe in America, should we continually go blindly into that night? The US government has become more secretive than it has in the last half of the 20th century and call it national security. Have we finally lost our way and our soul in our effort to build a new world order? Many nations have tried this in the past and failed, from the Romans to the present must America learn the same leason? You want to be in charge you will pay the in charge price as all nations in the past have learned.

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History without theory

Excellent read for those interested in history and not theory. Stockwell writes intelligently, with a healthy moral compass, and a factual first hand account.