From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War #(2020)
- Title: From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War
- Author: Robert M. Gates
- ISBN: 9781416543367
- Page: 495
- Format: Paperback
From a former director of the CIA, and one who served on the White House staffs of four presidents, this is the inside story of America s and the agency s roles in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
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Bob Gates From The Shadows is an interesting book by the former director of the CIA Gates held numerous posts in the National Security Council and CIA s analytic directorate The book has very little inside baseball and is much a history of the times, from the perspective of national security policy and intelligence If you are interested in foreign policy during the last half of the Cold War, this is a good historical source If you re looking for lots of spy stories, or stories of the internal m [...]
This is not a book about covert actions or cloak and dagger spy stuff It is a book about the other side of the CIA the analytical piece that forms most of the foreign policy decisions of the US President Will be of interest to those who grew up in the height of the cold war and who want to understand the goings on in the White House during those years Requires a certain knowledge of the history of that era otherwise you will be googling people s names to see who they were Most importantly Gates [...]
An amazing perspective across quite the swatch of time presidential administrations My only complaint is that it is both too short and too long so I guess it is just right so many key critical moments get just a brief mention Abel Archer got only 2 or 3 pages and sometimes it was a bit of a push to keep going through the book The specific moments are covered in detail elsewhere and the main point of this book is the long arc of winning the cold war.Sometimes Gates biases showed through almost an [...]
Reading a historical memoir is always a dicey proposition what was selected, and what was repressed, and why In this book, the CIA and Gates always come up roses, and I don t believe that was an accident Nevertheless, the tale of the demise of the Soviet Union was well told from his vantage point I also bumped the rating up a bit for having the courage to praise Carter s foreign policy and how it enabled Reagan and Bush s successful conclusion of the cold war But that was also used to justify th [...]
Robert Gates can sketch something on a piece of paper and I d still read that shit and take it as a reliable source of information No, not because I love him or the United States of America, but he has been in positions which had direct impact on the Cold War and I m pretty sure he had a huge role in these Although it may seem like a memoir in some parts of the book, it s still very valuable information regarding the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Although the book have a good background of the historical topic, I thought Gates humped around too much working the chapters and could have better followed the time chronology throughout I learned a lot I didn t know reading the book but was pretty bored while reading it.
I found it a bit too self serving, even for a memoir.
I spent a few days with this, and only intended to find out if Gates had a background in the military However, it was so well written, and his story was so interesting that I read the whole book It was like being a fly on the wall at the nexus of power in Washington DC through five different administrations I especially liked his impressions of Jimmy Carter Gates feels that Carter is by far the smartest of our recent presidents, and he was so thoughtful and contemplative that his enemies interpr [...]
Quite a comprehensive account of the clandestine war between the superpowers by a leading participant of the US side While setting the record straight on a couple of US presidents to whom posterity has not been kind, Mr Gates account deals with of the minutiae of espionage of unearthing information and agents, the turf fights, the battles over interpretation and especially the key issue of legislative oversight of overt and covert operations in the struggle to counter the Soviet Union and its d [...]
Great read, compelling thoughts on the Cold War and relations between the two major super powers, being the Soviet Union and the United States, alongside the relationship of Gorbachev and Reagan proving excellent in comparison to previous presidential relations with the USSR Does Gates hold an agenda though due to his position within the CIA and stating his favourite president to work under from all eight of them was indeed Reagan, either way Gates creates a wonderful read.
Well done blend of fact and some honest opinions Gates obviously did much research in addition to his personal recollections of the Cold War during the 70s and 80s which makes his book particularly interesting Although I enjoyed this book, in general I don t read books that focus on history I must say that it took me much longer than usual to read this book because I found some parts very dense with acronyms, names and dates Not that those parts were bad, just not easily consumed by someone who [...]
This book was interesting from a foreign policy standpoint, but not an interesting CIA novel Robert Gates is one of the few people that have worked in the CIA and National Security Council for every president since Nixon It was interesting to see how decision are made with some many gigantic egos in the room I would recommend this book to any interested in the play by play breakdown of US policy during the cold war.
As long as you keep in mind that it s written by a man who was deputy head of the CIA when it was described as at it s most corrupt and slanted nytimes 1991 10 02 new , and have a decent understanding of the mostly illegal activities they conducted, it makes for an interesting if distasteful read.
After watching The Company a few weeks ago, I wanted to learn about the CIA and the Cold War After a few chapters into it, it is strategic overview of the past five presidencies foreign policy.
Interesting balance between Cold War storytelling analysis and politicking My perception of the Cold War was changed through reading this book and Gates does get into the personalities involved, too One gets the sense there is so much that he doesn t or can t write.
Very in depth account of the Cold War era of the CIA by the only person to ever start as a junior and become director Lots of detail and behind the scenes anecdotes Can get a little repetitive at times, but still very readable.
Author is in President Obama s cabinet.
Analytical, symmetic overview of cold war foreign policy by current secretary of defensecks conspiratual insight.
A good read but thought it was lacking something Was hoping for details about his experiences when part of the NSC staff and as DCI
Interesting perspective, from behind the scene s.
Good book which brings the insight of an insider over an important span of American history between US USSR Russia relations.
Enjoyed reading Recommended for all.I could not put this book down Enjoyed learning from the past at a level I am not at Makes a good course in college to teach.Eli
A truly balanced, insightful and insider account of the Cold War by a distinguished statesman I wish America had a few men like Robert Gates in government.
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