Covert Action as a Tool of Presidential Foreign Policy: From the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra

Covert Action as a Tool of Presidential Foreign Policy: From the Bay of Pigs to Iran-Contra

By: John J. Carter (author)Hardback

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This work is a study of presidential use of covert action as a foreign policy tool during six presidential administrations from Kennedy through Reagan. It offers the reader brief accounts of covert operations undertaken by the American intelligence community during the critical period from 1961 to 1989; these accounts examine the evolving nature of the relationship between the American presidency and the burgeoning intelligence community during the middle to late Cold War era.

About Author

John J. Carter is Professor of History and Political Science at Central Methodist University, Missouri.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The Historic Roots of Covert Action; 3. The Illusion of Camelot; 4. Covert Operations in the Kennedy Administration; 5. The Early Johnson Presidency; 6. The Late Johnson Presidency; 7. The Political Context of the Nixon Presidency; 8. Covert Operations during the Nixon Presidency; 9. The Politics of the Ford Presidency; 10. Covert Action in the Ford Administration; 11. A Retreat from Empire: Covert Operations in the Carter Administration; 12. The Reagan Administration: Covert Action Reborn; 13. Lessons and Conclusions; Appendix A: Presidential Election Results; Appendix B: Party Control of Government; Appendix C: Directors of Central Intelligence; Bibliography; Index.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773458352
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9780773458352
  • ISBN10: 0773458352

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