I am grateful to those of my colleagues in this first generation of American "spymasters" who were willing to share their experiences with me even after I retired to my unclassified farm . I am indebted to Howard Roman , who worked with Allen Dulles on his intelligence writings , for his assistance in the preparation of the early chapters, and to Nancy Kelly, my editor at Reader's Digest Press , for the sharp edge of her pruning shears .

chapter 1|17 pages

War, Hot and Cold

chapter 2|21 pages

To Russia by Air

chapter 3|15 pages

The Second Circle

chapter 4|12 pages

To Russia by Visa

chapter 5|18 pages

Recruiting Russians

chapter 6|17 pages

The Third Circle

chapter 7|18 pages

Espionage: The Global Beat

chapter 8|29 pages


chapter 9|18 pages

Covert Action: Propaganda

chapter 10|19 pages

Covert Action: Paramilitary

chapter 11|24 pages

Covert Action: Political

chapter 12|17 pages

The CIA at Home

chapter 13|26 pages

The CIA at Bay

chapter 14|22 pages

The Future of Secret Operations