What are the best books about CIA?

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    #1The Ghost

    The Ghost

    The Ghost: The Secret Life of CIA Spymaster James Jesus Angleton is a biography written by Jefferson Morley. It chronicles the life of James Jesus Angleton, who served as a spy for the CIA from World War II to the Cold War.


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    Jose Mendez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Ah yes the strangest CIA director that have ever lived. But absolutely a fascinating character and well written biography. A decent amount of details on lesser known things like Israeli nukes and the CIA. Well worth the read"
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    #2Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad

    Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How to Be a Counterintelligence Officer is written by William R. Johnson with a Foreword from William Hood. This book is published in 2015 by Georgetown University Press.

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    Shirley Sullivan
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This novel seems to be a great representation of the CIA and counterintelligence. The book contains older techniques so may be outdated to 2018 methods, but would be very engaging to someone interested in agents' experiences throughout history. "
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    #3The Deceivers

    The Deceivers

    The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War is a historical nonfiction book written by Thaddeus Holt which features spy thriller and espionage events. Published in 2010 by Scribner.

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    Phillip Miller
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "An overall great read by Thaddeus Holt. I have been researching information about the history of the CIA and war in general, this book was able to give me great insight into deceit the goes on in war and opened my eyes up more than I could have ever imagined."
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    #4The Secret War for the Union

    The Secret War for the Union
    The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War is a military historical documentary written by Edwin C. Fishel. This book is published in 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    Gregory Olson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This isn't a very good pick if you're looking for work exploring the CIA. The Civil War ended May 13, 1865, while the CIA wasn't even created until July 26, 1947. This book very apparently would not talk about the CIA at all. This book does, however, touch on a much more primitive version of military intelligence during the Civil War."
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    #5Grant's Secret Service

    Grant's Secret Service
    Grant's Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox is written by William B. Feis features Ulysses Grant's command on a secret service during the Civil War. Published in 2004 by Bisbon Books.
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    Virginia Peterson
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Civil war, battle strategy, intelligence gathering and more. This book is so interesting. The story reveals Grant's aggressiveness. But he also recognized the importance of gathering intelligence. It was a good read for me although, I am a novice. "
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    #6Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy

    Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence is written by Alan Harris Bath. With over 300 pages, this book is published in 1998 by University Press of Kansas.

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    Henry Barnes
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I have mixed feelings on this book. It's jammed packed with very interesting information but it's a long hard read. Too wordy in spots and didnt grab my interest. "
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    #7Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant
    Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant: Undercover & Overwhelmed as a CIA Wife and Mother is written by Lillian McCloy and edited by Johanna McCloy. This book is published in 2016 by Bordertown Publishing.
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    Donald Brooks
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I wanted to get into this book but it was legit a total bore! I just kept yawning while reading it!"
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    #8A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War

    A Short Course in the Secret War is a book written by Christopher Felix on his experiences as a political agent in Hungary. With over 300 pages, this nonfiction book is published in 2001 by Madison Books.

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    Liu Du
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I wanted to like this book but man what a drag. It's like the author never read a interesting piece of literature themselves!"
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    #9The 231 Club

    The 231 Club
    The 231 Club is a true story of the CIA recruiting a therapist to become their courier and spy. The title comes from the "The 231 Club," one of the extensions of the CIA's black ops division whose weapon of choice uses the 231 gunpowder.
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    Paul Howard
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This solution is good because it is about the CIA. It seems like an interesting read and it recommended by others."
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    #10Spy the Lie

    Spy the Lie
    Spy the Lie: How to spot deception the CIA way is a nonfiction and psychology book written by Philip Houston, published on July 19, 2012, by Icon Books. It tells the techniques geared towards unveiling the truth used by CIA.
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    Victoria Evans
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Catching people in lies is a big part of what the CIA does and this book covers that and teaches you all the tricks. There is a lot more to the CIA though and other books could give you more info about everything the CIA does. "
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    #11All the Queen's Men (CIA Spies)

    All the Queen's Men (CIA Spies)

    All the Queen's Men is the second book in the romantic suspense series CIA Spies written by Linda Howard which centers on the missions and adventures of CIA Black Ops specialist John Medina and communications expert Niema Burdock.

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    Carl Dixon
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I tried reading the first couple of CIA Spies books, but when I got to All the Queen's Men, the second book, I was already burned out. It had already fallen into a rote and predictable loop, cheesy spy thriller action scene, sex scene, wash, rinse, repeat."

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Best What are the best books about CIA
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The GhostBooks 26 Paid
2Thwarting Enemies at Home and AbroadBooks 10 Paid
3The DeceiversBooks 9 Paid
4The Secret War for the UnionBooks 8 Paid
5Grant's Secret ServiceBooks 7 Paid
6Tracking the Axis EnemyBooks 6 Paid
7Six Car Lengths Behind an ElephantBooks 4 Paid
8A Short Course in the Secret WarBooks 3 Paid
9The 231 ClubBooks 2 Paid
10Spy the LieBooks 1 Paid
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