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Presidents' Secret Wars


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Part 1 Introduction 9 Part 2 The Cold War Crucible 13 Part 3 The Secret War Against Russia 30 Part 4 "We'll Get It Right Next Time" 45 Part 5 Adventures in Asia 61 Part 6 The Covert Legions 79 Part 7 Bitter Fruits 91 Part 8 "Create and Exploit Troublesome Problems" 108 Part 9 Archipelago 128 Part 10 The War for the Roof of the World 149 Part 11 Cuba I: "Another Black Hole of Calcutta" 171 Part 12 Cuba II: From Pluto to Mongoose 194 Part 13 Cold War and Counterinsurgency 218 Part 14 Vietnam 239 Part 15 The High Plateau 261 Part 16 Global Reach 297 Part 17 "Rogue Elephant" to Resurrection 326 Part 18 New Wave Covert Actions 357 Part 19 Bill Casey's War 396 Part 20 Project Democracy 419 Part 21 Secret Wars Reprise 476 Part 22 Abbreviations and Acronyms 489 Part 23 Notes 493 Part 24 Bibliography 525 Part 25 Index 549

About the Author

John Prados is a leading historian of national security affairs, intelligence operations, and international security concerns. His other books include The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Combined Fleet Decoded, Valley of Decision, and Keepers of the Keys. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Prados delivers a warning which all governments should heed...powerful and poignant. -- A. G. Noorani Frontline

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