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    Peter Kross(Author)

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The murky underworld of espionage, counterespionage, double and triple agents has long fascinated author Kross, and here he presents the people and events that have formulated the CIA from its inception in 1947 to today. He provides insights into such characters as founder Bill Donovan, mole-obsessed counterintelligence chief James Angleton and J. Edgar Hoover, whose FBI often clashed with the CIA, although their goals should have been aligned. He tells the story of Operation Paperclip, wherein Nazi scientists were ushered into some of the most pivotal positions in American research and development, regardless of their past actions or existing proclivities. He reveals endless plotting against other governments and leaders involving destabilization, overthrow and assassination. He details the hunt for Osama bin Laden and the eventual deadly compound strike by Seal Team 6—whose ranks were subsequently decimated in a suspicious helicopter crash. He reveals that 35 CIA operatives were in Benghazi when the American ambassador and others were killed; they were all allegedly involved in running guns to Syria from the American mission, the real reason for the attack. The Tales from Langley told here reveal, first and foremost, the uncomfortable truth that nothing is what it seems. Politics makes strange bedfellows, indeed. The convoluted chronicles of the CIA prove that beyond a doubt! Chapters include: William Donovan and the OSS; Operation Ajax—the plot to overthrow Iran; J. Edgar Hoover’s vendetta against the OSS; Civil Air Transport: The CIA’s Secret Airline; Operation Paperclip; The CIA and the Corsian Mafia; Operation Mongoose; “John Scelso” and the Secret JFK Assassination Probe; The Murder of William Buckley; The CIA and the Pakistani ISI; The CIA, bin Laden and 9-11; and tons more!

In Tales from Langely: The CIA from Truman to Obama author Kross gives us the nitty-gritty on the CIA: its hits and misses; information on the early operations and leaders; their fights with Herbert Hoover and the FBI; Operation Paperclip; assassination plots; mole hunts; and more. Peter Kross is a native of the Bronx, New York and has a BA in History from the University of Albuquerque. He has been writing extensively in the fields of history and politics for the past 30 years. His books are: The Secret History of the United States; JFK and the French Connection; Encyclopedia of World War 2 Spies; Oswald, the CIA and the Warren Commission; and Spies, Traitors and Moles. He lives with his family in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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  • PDF | 378 pages
  • Peter Kross(Author)
  • Adventures Unlimited Press (May 15, 2014)
  • English
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  • Politics & Social Sciences

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  • By V. Gentner on October 12, 2016

    Managed to get through the first couple chapters, then reposed it to the junk shelf. Nothing in this bookthat is not already known; just rehashing other people's works. The only book to have and consult on this matteris "COVERT WARS and BREAKAWAY CIVILIZATIONS". The secret Space Program, Celestrial Psyops and HiddenConflicts by Joseph P. Farrell. After that, if you want more direction into which books to get your hands on, subscribe toNEXUS magazine out of Austrailia.

  • By Guest on March 3, 2016

    Great Book

  • By Ignatius Malibu on March 19, 2015

    Fun book. Take it with a grain of salt. Everyone loves a good conspiracy.

  • By cheryl z on September 23, 2014

    excellent read, very good book would purchase as a gift also

  • By James Denny on July 11, 2014

    Written as a set of short stories in chronological order, in "Tales from Langley," author Peter Kross describes the doings of the CIA over its sixty year history.Rising out of the WWII's Office of Strategic Services, (OSS), the newly-founded CIA was President Harry Truman's idea for centralizing intelligence collection and analysis and providing that information in a useful form to the President. The clandestine operations part of the CIA rose a few years later and for much of the time has dominated the Agency. In the public mind, the DCO is still what the CIA is best known for.The short stories range widely with some much more important than others. Quite a few are about defectors and moles which hold considerable intrigue. Some read like a Keystone Cops misadventure. Others are more James Bond. There is an emphasis on the Kennedy years and the creative and sometimes bizarre efforts to get rid of Castro through political means -- or by assassination. For many years, the CIA was in the thick of it.In writing the stories, author Kross has done considerable research. Some tales are more complete than others. Some tales will leave you with more questions than answers. Some of the tales only scratch the surface. Kross provides references to one or more books which would address the incident in depth.My main criticism of "Tales from Langley" is that it lacks a final editor's touch that should have cleaned up choppy sentences and caught sloppy typos, misspellings and misusages. It seems like Kross was rushed to complete this work to meet a printer's or self-imposed deadline.A more complete bibliography of books and articles follows as an appendix and provides readers an organized list of references for in-depth exploration. Tales from Langley" gets four stars. A more polished final product would have earned the full five stars.

  • By Geoffrey Newton on September 24, 2014

    Well researched book but disappointed when author states in penultimate chapter that Osama Bin Laden was definitely the mastermind of 911 attacks and gives as proof a tape that the seal-team found in the raid on Bin Laden's compound. With bin laden dead along with the seal team that killed him, there is no one left to verify any such evidence, except the CIA. Wow! Fancy that! Author misses out any mention of Dick Cheney, the trans-Afgan pipeline, ex-CIA Afgan President Hamid Kazi, or Exon Tanker named Condolizza Rice, or the 33 visits to the CIA prior to 911 attack by VP Cheney or his whereabouts in the early morning 911, according to Norman Minetta, the transport secretary. VP Cheney in a better situation room of the Whitehouse bunker than Afgan cave. This book reads and feels more like Posner than Chomsky with selective information and false endings than a real search for truth behind the facts. Pity!


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