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In The Ghost, investigative reporter Jefferson Morley tells Angleton's dramatic story, from his friendship with the poet Ezra Pound through the underground gay milieu of mid-century Washington to the Kennedy assassination to the Watergate scandal. From the agency's MKULTRA mind-control experiments to the wars of the Mideast, Angleton wielded far more power than anyone knew. Yet, during his seemingly lawless reign in the CIA, he also proved himself to be a formidable adversary to our nation's enemies, acquiring a mythic stature within the CIA that continues to this day.
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By E. Hughes on 11-23-17
Angleton was the consummate spymaster, one of the founding fathers of the American intelligence apparatus. But he had blind spots, and truly believed he knew better than the constitution and that his calling elevated him above the normal limits of the law. Those egregious shadow organization exploits and rumors were real, and Angleton was behind most of them. Jefferson Morley's careful research and clear analysis brings the tale of this legendary man in the shadows into focus and maps his accomplishments, failures, and a few unindicted crimes. John Pruden's narration is spot on, even though he did misspeak the name of the president from 2017 instead of 1951 in one place (2:40 into chapter 12). A fascinating and sometimes scary study of one facet of the intelligence world.
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By Coffee Diva on 11-17-17
This is a well written story of a fascinating man
This is a well written story of a fascinating man. Morley exposes crimes against the country but puts the man in context both personal and historical.
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