Shadow warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

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World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today. In Shadow Warrior, eminent historian Randall B. Woods presents a riveting biography of Colby, revealing that this crusader for global democracy was also drawn to the darker side of American power. Aiming to help reverse the spread of totalitarianism in Europe and Asia, Colby joined the U.S. Army in 1941, just as America entered World War II. He served with distinction in France and Norway, and at the end of the war transitioned into America's first peacetime intelligence agency: the CIA. Fresh from the fight against fascism, Colby zealously redirected his efforts against international communism. He insisted on the importance of fighting communism on the ground, doggedly applying guerilla tactics for counterinsurgency, sabotage, surveillance, and information-gathering on the new battlefields of the Cold War. Over time, these strategies became increasingly ruthless; as head of the CIA's Far East Division, Colby oversaw an endless succession of assassination attempts, coups, secret wars in Laos and Cambodia, and the Phoenix Program, in which 20,000 civilian supporters of the Vietcong were killed. Colby ultimately came clean about many of the CIA's illegal activities, making public a set of internal reports?known as the ?family jewels"?that haunt the agency to this day. Ostracized from the intelligence community, he died under suspicious circumstances?a murky ending to a life lived in the shadows. Drawing on multiple new sources, including interviews with members of Colby's family, Woods has crafted a gripping biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the twentieth century.
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subject_facet BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Colby, William Egan, -- 1920-1996, HISTORY / Military / United States, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography, United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- Biography, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Secret service -- United States, World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- United States
table_of_contents The disappearance -- The Colbys and the Egans -- Jedburgh -- A bridge too far -- The Agency -- Covert operations on the periphery of the Cold War -- Political action and La Dolce Vita -- Cold war cockpit -- Fighting a people's war -- The military ascendant -- Secret armies -- Launching the other war -- CORDS: a Peace Corps with guns -- Birds of peace and birds of war -- The family jewels -- Ascension -- Revelations -- Dancing with Henry -- Death of a dream -- Fight for survival -- Epilogue.
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title Shadow warrior : William Egan Colby and the CIA
title_alt William Egan Colby and the CIA
title_display Shadow warrior : William Egan Colby and the CIA
title_full Shadow warrior : William Egan Colby and the CIA / Randall B. Woods, Shadow warrior : William Egan Colby and the CIA [electronic resource] / Randall B. Woods
title_short Shadow warrior :
title_sort shadow warrior william egan colby and the cia
title_sub William Egan Colby and the CIA
topic BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Colby, William Egan, 1920-1996, HISTORY / Military / United States, HISTORY / United States / 20th Century, Intelligence officers United States Biography, United States. Central Intelligence Agency Biography, Vietnam War, 1961-1975 Secret service United States, World War, 1939-1945 Secret service United States
topic_facet Colby, William Egan, Intelligence officers, Secret service, Vietnam War, 1961-1975, World War, 1939-1945