Leroy Fletcher Prouty was born in Massachusetts on 24th January, He graduated from Massachusetts State College in with a Bachelor's degree. During the Second World War he served as a army tank commander. Later that year he flew Chiang Kai-shek to the Tehran Conference. In Prouty was assigned by the U.
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Sort order. Fletcher Prouty, formerly associated with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote this tell-all expose of the CIA's various misdeeds at around the same time that the Church Committee was exposing them in the U. Sadly, some thirty years later, all too many have forgotten the crimes and misdeeds of our runaway intelligence agency, the worst of which are probably not even publicly known.
With authors like Tom Cla "The Secret Team" is one of the most important books of the twentieth century. With authors like Tom Clancy and shows like "21" glorifying them, CIA agents have managed to become "cool" again.
Everyone who is tempted to think that the CIA is working for the "good guys" should read this book. Dec 06, Ken Prescott rated it liked it. This book has to be read very carefully to gather the useful material of which there is a great deal ; Prouty has an agenda, and after a couple of rereadings it becomes pretty clear as to what the agenda is. Basically, Prouty blamed the entire Vietnam debacle on the CIA most likely at the behest of his patrons in the uniformed services, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
This book was published at the beginning of the national recriminations over Vietnam and how we g This book has to be read very carefully to gather the useful material of which there is a great deal ; Prouty has an agenda, and after a couple of rereadings it becomes pretty clear as to what the agenda is. This book was published at the beginning of the national recriminations over Vietnam and how we got there.
When Prouty discusses the nuts-and-bolts mechanics of how the CIA worked during the Cold War, he's mostly accurate the notion of an entire aircraft without ANY serial numbers on its parts strains credulity. When he gets into who did this, said that, or made a key decision, he's less reliable. The military made a series of bad judgments and worse decisions over how to handle Vietnam, and they do deserve censure for these mistakes--but Prouty blames it all on the CIA.
Again, his goal is to uphold the honor of the military--which, at the time this was written, was taking a beating in the press interestingly enough, many of those administering said beating had extensive ties to the CIA. Overall, this book is an interesting account of what sorts of things the CIA did and the mechanics of how they did it, and an artifact of a particularly fractious time in the national security establishment.
As an account of Vietnam, it suffers from the defects mentioned above. View 2 comments. Mar 25, Pete daPixie rated it really liked it Shelves: conspiracy-schmiracy , history-u-s , jfk. Prouty's first publication, 'The Secret Team', has, like it's author, quite a fascinating history.
This expo Prouty's first publication, 'The Secret Team', has, like it's author, quite a fascinating history. This expose of CIA dirty tricks, originally published in , only for it to be mysteriously dropped by publishing houses and the Library of Congress. The twilight zone tale is fully presented in the Author's Note.
However, not to keep a good man down, Col. Prouty returned to the press in Both books will be different things to different readers. Kennedy' as with 'The Secret Team' are profound insights gained from a most unique position.
Without doubt the frightening rise of CIA through the 's and 's has generated many issues and agendas, many still hidden, relating to the Cold War and beyond. Prouty's two books come, perhaps, as close as we are going to get to the hidden control of the men of Langley and military intelligence agencies. Although Prouty does not mention the name of Oswald, on p he writes, 'The term sheep-dipped is an intricate Army-devised process by which a man who is in the service as a full career soldier or officer agrees to go through all the legal and official motions of resigning from the service.
Then, rather than actually being released, his records are pulled from the Army personnel files and transferred to a special Army intelligence file. Substitute but nonetheless real-appearing records are then processed, and the man "leaves" the service. He is encouraged to write to friends and give a cover reason why he got out. Meanwhile, his real Army records are kept in secrecy, but not forgotten. Some very real problems arise in the event he gets killed or captured as a prisoner.
Shelves: history. Serving in the military, he was not constrained by the confidentiality agreements made by former CIA employees and so was able to include information which had not previously been officially attested. Much of The Secret Team is about how government operates.
To the public this was presented as a fact-finding mission. In fact, the official report of "the facts" had been composed prior to his departure and cables noted as originating in Vietnam had been first sent from Washington to Saigon, then transmitted back again.
The actual tour was entirely sanitized, McNamara being handled by the CIA operatives on the ground who, until , ran the war. Mar 23, Eric Sizemore rated it liked it. This book is long and dense, but the nitty gritty details of intelligence operations are very illuminating. Unfortunately, spying is actually tedious and boring. This has been repeatedly cited as a fundamental work in intel history the Pentagon Papers had come out before this, and it makes many references to that.
Oct 26, Dennis Blewitt rated it really liked it. I recently re-read this book. It is still relevant and helps explain the failure of our drug policy for the last 40 years.
Prouty explains one facet of the military-security-industrial complex very well. Buku ini merupakan sebuah buku yang bersifat kontroversi. Seperti tajuknya,penulisnya memfokuskan bagaimana 'Secret Team' ST di dalam organisasi Central Intelligence Agency CIA ,dengan memberikan beberapa contoh konflik yang berlaku di dunia ini,memainkan peranan yang penting dalam sesebuah konflik itu.
Tambah menarik,peranan kumpulan ini di dalam sesebuah operasi itu sering kali dilakukan secara rahsia dan tidak menuruti undang-undang. Sebagai contohnya,operasi Bay of Pigs di Cuba dan penemb Buku ini merupakan sebuah buku yang bersifat kontroversi. Walaupun buku ini pada asalnya diterbitkan pada tahun ,namun,buku ini mempunyai maklumat-maklumat yang masih relevan sehingga sekarang. Melaluinya,kita dapat mengetahui bagaimana konflik-konflik yang berlaku di dunia pada masa lalu dan mungkin pada masa kini dipengaruhi oleh'tangan-tangan ghaib' CIA dan ST.
Para pembaca akan terkejut apabila kita mengetahui tujuan sebenar CIA ditubuhkan dan bagaimana peranan dan ruang lingkup tugasan sebenar CIA telah berubah sama sekali seperti yang kita boleh perhatikan sekarang!
Buku ini amat baik untuk dibaca. Buku ini disyorkan kepada sesiapa yang berminat untuk mengetahui dengan lebih dalam sejarah dan peranan CIA dan ST di dalam konflik-konflik di serata dunia.
Where does power lie? A revealing look at the real forces at work in our government, this well-documented account of the insidious growth of the CIA in the second half of the 20th century presents the profound struggle any elected President has to control it. One is reminded of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-four. Though covering only the period up to and including the Vietnam war, when Communism was viewed as America's greatest threat, the machinery involved and the vast network of influence ha Where does power lie?
Though covering only the period up to and including the Vietnam war, when Communism was viewed as America's greatest threat, the machinery involved and the vast network of influence has great implications for today, when "Terrorism" has replaced "Communism" as our perceived threat. Similar structures and actions persist now as before. This work is rather repetitive and a bit ponderous to read.
However, the repetition may be necessary to pound in understanding. The subject matter is compelling. It is an important document for anyone trying to understand the background of our current involvements in world affairs. The authors credentials make it the more believable. Mar 17, Dina rated it really liked it. This is probably one of the best books on CIA that was written by somebody who had actually worked inside the Agency and has a first hand experience of it.
L. Fletcher Prouty
Air Force Ret. Author's Note. Preface to the First Edition. Preface to the Second Edition.
The Secret Team: The CIA & its Allies in Control of the United States & the World
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A former colonel in the United States Air Force , he retired from military service to become a bank executive. He subsequently became a critic of U. Prouty was the inspiration for the character "Mr. Prouty was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on January 24, In , he earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst then known as Massachusetts State College. Prouty was commissioned as a reserve 2nd lieutenant in the cavalry on June 9, and began his military career with the 4th Armored Division in Pine Camp, New York. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on February 1,