Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald J. Rychlak
3.0 out of 5 stars Walks, Talks, and Smells Like a CIA Publication, July 13, 2013
This book is being touted by Radio Liberty, a CIA subsidiary, and everything about it reeks of a CIA disinformation operation.
First, though, an acknowledgement. The Soviets, working largely through their more gifted satellite nations (Romania was not one of them, Romania belonged to the Pope and the CIA), did do disinformation, and very well. There is no finer book on this subject than that by Ladislav Bittman, THE DECEPTION GAME.
This book is an entirely different matter.
01 It’s author is a known Vatican “fellow traveler” if not an agent of influence under discipline.
02 It’s author walks, talks, dresses like, and gives off every appearance of being a CIA bureaucrat. While we believe him to be legitimate in so far as his past occupation (read his Wikipedia profile) — this guy appears to be one of CIA’s “light” non-official cover officers.
03 The book’s argument, that all of the USA’s present troubles stem from a successful Soviet-era disinformation, is idiocy at best, outright lies and fabrication and deliberate disinformation at worst. Every other non-fiction book I have read and reviewed here at Amazon generally contradicts this book. The USA went in search of enemies, and created them. The Cold War was a creation of CIA and Lockheed and military flag officers all too eager to profit from war and push the edge of financial fraud.
On balance I do not recommend this book — CIA is already a waste of the taxpayer’s funds — but recommend instead the book by Bittman and the nine books listed below.
The Fifty-Year Wound: How America’s Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World
War is a Racket: The Profit Motive Behind Warfare
The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic (The American Empire Project)
Gold Warriors: America’s Secret Recovery of Yamashita’s Gold
Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex
Edward Lansdale’s Cold War (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)
In Search Of Enemies
Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
Best wishes to all,
Robert David STEELE Vivas (former clandestine operations officer)
ON INTELLIGENCE: Spies and Secrecy in an Open World