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A gripping history of the early years of the Cold War, the CIA's covert battles against communism, and the tragic consequences which still affect America and the world today.
At the end of World War II, the United States dominated the world militarily, economically, and in moral standing. But it was clear - to some - that the Soviet Union was already executing a plan to expand and foment revolution around the world. The American government's strategy in response relied on the secret efforts of a newly formed CIA.
The Quiet Americans chronicles the exploits of four American spies who ran covert operations across the globe, trying to outwit the ruthless KGB in Berlin, parachuting commandos into Eastern Europe, plotting coups, and directing wars against communist insurgents in Asia.
But time and again their efforts went awry. By the mid-1950s, the Soviet Union had a stranglehold on Eastern Europe and the US had begun its disastrous intervention in Vietnam. America - the beacon of democracy - was overthrowing democratically elected governments and earning the hatred of much of the world. All this culminated in an act of betrayal and cowardice that would lock the Cold War into place for decades to come.
The intertwined lives of these operatives began in a common purpose of defending freedom, but the ravages of the Cold War led them to different fates. The Quiet Americans is their story. It is also the story of how the United States, at the very pinnacle of its power, managed to permanently damage its moral standing in the world.
- Format: Pocket/Paperback
- ISBN: 9781529042481
- Språk: Engelska
- Antal sidor: 480
- Utgivningsdatum: 2020-09-03
- Förlag: Pan MacMillan