Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.


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Tim Weiner, a reporter for The New York Times, has filed stories from inside the CIA and around the world for twenty years. He is a past winner of the Pulitzer Prize for covering national security. This is his third book.


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Anchor
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Published on
May 20, 2008
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848
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9780307455628
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English
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History / Military / United States
History / United States / General
Political Science / Security (National & International)
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