George Washington’s Secret Six

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Having suffered a significant and humiliating loss in New York to the British Army, General Washington found himself looking for ways to recapture the prize of the middle colonies.  But what he was lacking was intelligence of the British plans and intentions.  This book tells the story of a clandestine group of patriots who risked all for the sake of the fledgling United States.  It is a great example that wars are won not only by boots on the ground but through the the intelligence provided by men and women who hide in plain sight.  It is a fascinating read.

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The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal

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As tensions grew between the United States and the Soviet Union after WW2 and through the Cold War, the CIA played a pivotal role in gathering intelligence about the intentions and capabilities of the Soviet Union.  This is the true story of how one Soviet engineer participated in espionage against the Soviet Union and passed massive amounts of information about Soviet military and radar capabilities that would allow the United States to gain military and air superiority for decades to come.  As a real “Jason Bourne” story It is a fascinating book for anyone interested in Cold War era history.

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The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS

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In the past decade, one of the biggest threats that we have faced as a nation is terrorism as perpetrated by Al Qa’ida and now ISIS.  During this fight, the CIA has played an important part both in gathering of intelligence but also in commitment of human resources to the fight.  In this book, Michael Morrell describes his career at CIA from his time as daily briefer of President George W. Bush to his retirement as deputy director of CIA.  He discusses the CIA perspective of events such as 9/11, Bengazhi, Snowden and other world events.  He provides an interesting history of Al Qa’ida and issues a warning about threat posed by ISIS.  This is an interesting book for anyone interested in current events and foreign policy as it pertains to the United State’s interests in the middle east.

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