Bibliographic Details

The Central Intelligence Agency : an encyclopedia of covert ops, intelligence gathering, and spies / Jan Goldman, editor.

Imprint Santa Barbara, California : ABC-CLIO, [2016]
Description 1 online resource.
Language English
Subject United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Encyclopedias.
Intelligence service -- United States -- Encyclopedias.
Format E-Resource, Book
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Varying Form of Title CIA : an encyclopedia of covert ops, intelligence gathering, and spies
Other authors / contributors Goldman, Jan, editor.
ISBN 9781610690928
Notes Includes blbliographical references.
Other form Print version: Central Intelligence Agency 9781610690911
Review by Choice Review

Editor Goldman (adjunct, Georgetown Univ.) has undertaken a bold project to create not a history or simple description of the CIA but rather a definitive tome that presents the "people, events, actions, and decisions" of the organization. It is meant to explore the CIA's raison d'être and illuminate what makes it one of the most unique intelligence-gathering organizations in the world. Even more intriguing is the inclusion of events and people who have worked against the organization and thus fundamentally caused crises of conscience and structure. The work is meticulously assembled: the first volume offers an expansive CIA time line from its inception in 1939 to the WikiLeaks release of classified documents in October 2015. Volume 2 provides 98 declassified documents that back up the time line and the alphabetically organized entries. The contributor list to this edited volume is also truly impressive, encompassing an immense number of academic institutions and senior professors and researchers. The greatest value of the collection for researchers is the inclusion of so many formally declassified CIA documents. Though the time line section is comprehensive and does not shy away from problematic incidents in the organization's history, the individual articles provide the context and detail for interpreting the documents created or uncovered during these times of crisis. Researchers at all levels will be able to use these primary sources in conjunction with the time line and analysis as a launching point for their own projects. The encyclopedia rises above the goals of merely summarizing knowledge. It should remain relevant as a documentary record for many years, even as its content becomes dated and the CIA moves forward in its mission in a very complicated world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries and levels. --Matthew D. Crosston, Bellevue University

Copyright American Library Association, used with permission.
Review by Choice Review