Book Review: Honorable Treachery: A History of U. S. Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA by G. J. A. O’Toole
Encyclopedic but mind-numbing. To cover the topic O’Toole set out for himself necessarily demands an encyclopedic effort. On a technical level he succeeds.
“We find by fatal experience, the Congress consists of too many members to keep secrets.” John Jay, 1790
Reads like a history book, footnotes and all. Too many biographical personal details about the people and too little about what they did. Published in 1991.
“We failed to anticipate Pearl Harbor not for want of relevant materials, but because of a plethora of irrelevant ones.” “The president’s chief intelligence office, the one person in the government responsible for national intelligence, had not even been told of Continue reading