Eternal Vigilance? seeks to offer reinterpretations of some of the major established themes in CIA history such as its origins, foundations, its treatment of the Soviet threat, the Iranian revolution and the accountability of the agency. The book also opens new areas of research such as foreign liaison, relations with the scientific community, use of scientific and technical research and economic intelligence. The articles are both by well-known scholars in the field and young researchers at the beginning of their academic careers. Contributors come almost equally from both sides of the Atlantic. All draw, to varying degrees, on recently declassified documents and newly-available archives and, as the final chapter seeks to show, all point the way to future research.
The Scotsman, 16/8/97
"Readers who want clour and cloak and dagger are in for a big disappointment, but more serious students of spying will find much to interest them here."
"A fascinating book." Amos Perlmutter, The Washington Times
"Uniformly well informed and thoughtful. Provocative and instructive" Choice
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"The collection contains three essays of note. The first is Bob de Graff and Cees Wiebes" study of the CIA and the Dutch Intelligence Service, which is, presumably, a template for the relationship between the CIA and the intelligence services of other small countries unfortunate enough to have come within the CIA"s sphere of influence.
The growing interest in intelligence activities and the opening of hitherto closed archives since the end of the Cold War has stimulated this series of scholarly monographs, wartime memoirs and edited collections. With contributions from leading academics and prominent members of the intelligence community, this series has quickly become the leading forum for the academic study of intelligence.