Covert Action: Central Intelligence Agency and the Limits of American Intervention in the Post-War World
by Gregory Treverton
Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency
by William J Daugherty
MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949
by Keith Jeffery
The Mitrokhin Archive: The KGB in Europe and the West
by Christopher Andrew & Vasili Mitrokhin
Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations
by Ronen Bergman
Many of us live in democracies and believe in government transparency, but the truth is our leaders have considerable scope to engage in secret operations overseas. Rory Cormac talks us through five books on ‘covert action,’ and some of the countries that have embraced it as a policy tool.
The job of the intelligence services is to understand others and help leaders act more wisely, says the author of a new history of the FBI. There’s a balance to be struck between liberty and security but when the CIA and FBI do not harmonise their intelligence missions, people die.
The senior lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, chooses books on the real pioneers of British and American espionage – flawed men who saved lives and made a difference.