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5.0 out of 5 stars Class. Sheer class., 16 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune? (Studies in Intelligence) (Hardcover)
Anyone who has been following Hugh Wilford's literary career for the past few years knows that the Yorkshire-based bearded maestro is one of British academia's great rising talents, and this book proves the point. Wilford has clearly done all the right research and the book zips along at a cracking pace. There are perhaps a few too many long words for my liking, legacy perhaps of Wilford's training in the freak-show that is American Studies, but if there is a better book on the CIA and the British Left, I have never seen it. Two caveats: there is nothing here about the CIA during the glory days of Richard Nixon's administration, which was of course one of the high points in modern American history; and nor does the goatee-wearing Wilford say much about Operation King Stephen, one of the Agency's more shameful British adventures. However, this is, all in all, a superb book and a splendid read for bedtime or the beach. Wilford's run-ins with his bureaucratic superiors at Sheffield have been well documented in the tabloid press; they will find it hard to keep him if he carries on producing work of this quality!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The root is, indeed, man., 22 Nov. 2004
This review is from: The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War: Calling the Tune? (Studies in Intelligence) (Hardcover)
An excellent read, the author has produced a well researched, interesting study of the topic (so refreshing after all those racy 'coffee table' books one encounters in academia these days).
It could be argued that every British institution has its tyrant, right back to King Stephen and the English Kings of old, and the CIA was no exception to this.
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