If the experts could point to any single book as a starting point for understanding the subject of intelligence from the late twentieth century to today, that single book would be Allen W. Dulles's The Craft of Intelligence. This classic of spycraft is based on Allen Dulles's incomparable experience as a diplomat, international lawyer, and America's premier intelligence officer. Dulles was a high-ranking officer of the CIA's predecessor--the Office of Strategic Services--and was present at the inception of the CIA, where he served eight of his ten years there as director. Here he sums up what he learned about intelligence from nearly a half-century of experience in foreign affairs.
Allen W. Dulles, one of the most important figures in the history of American intelligence, served under eight U.S. presidents, from Woodrow Wilson to John F. Kennedy. He served presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy as director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 1953 to 1961. When he died in 1969, President Nixon remarked, " . . . in the nature of his task, his achievements were known to only a few."
CONTENTS 1 A Personal Note 1 2 The Historical Setting 9 3 The Evolution of American Intelligence 29 4 The Intelligence Requirements of a Free Society 48 5 The Task of Collection 55 6 Collection-When the Machine Takes Over 65 7 Planning and Guidance 80 8 The Main Opponent-Communist Intelligence Services 85 9 Counterintelligence 121 10 Volunteers 134 11 Confusing the Adversary 145 12 How Intelligence is Put to Use 154 13 The Man on the Job 171 14 Myths, Mishaps, and Mischief-Makers 188 15 The Role of Intelligence in the Cold War 220 16 Security in a Free Society 237 17 The Intelligence Service and Our Freedoms 256 Bibliography 265 Index 269