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Sadly, some thirty years later, all too many have forgotten the crimes and misdeeds of our runaway intelligence agency, the worst of which are probably not even publicly known. With authors like Tom "The Secret Team" is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. With authors like Tom Clancy and shows like "21" glorifying them, CIA agents have managed to become "cool" again. Everyone who is tempted to think that the CIA is working for the "good guys" should read this book.
Basically, Prouty blamed the entire Vietnam debacle on the CIA most likely at the behest of his patrons in the uniformed services, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
This book was published at the beginning of the national recriminations over Vietnam and how we This book has to be read very carefully to gather the useful material of which there is a great deal ; Prouty has an agenda, and after a couple of rereadings it becomes pretty clear as to what the agenda is. This book was published at the beginning of the national recriminations over Vietnam and how we got there.
The military made a series of bad judgments and worse decisions over how to handle Vietnam, and they do deserve censure for these mistakes--but Prouty blames it all on the CIA. Again, his goal is to uphold the honor of the military--which, at the time this was written, was taking a beating in the press interestingly enough, many of those administering said beating had extensive ties to the CIA. Overall, this book is an interesting account of what sorts of things the CIA did and the mechanics of how they did it, and an artifact of a particularly fractious time in the national security establishment.
As an account of Vietnam, it suffers from the defects mentioned above.
THE SECRET TEAM
The Secret Team: The CIA & its Allies in Control of the United States & the World
L. Fletcher Prouty