The Central Intelligence Agency is essential in the fight to keep America safe from foreign attacks. This two-volume work traces through facts and documents the history of the CIA, from the people involved to the operations conducted for national security.
• Covers the history of the CIA from its days prior to World War II, when it was known as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), supplying comprehensive, objective information in a convenient ready reference
• Provides documents formerly classified as ''top secret'' and an extensive bibliography to allow further research by students
• Includes contributions from about two dozen experts in their field of study, ranging from a psychologist describing CIA ''mind experiments'' to former practitioners and historians writing on covert operations during the Cold War
• Provides primary documents such as the oldest formerly classified document held by the CIA (how to make invisible ink, 1918) and intelligence reports that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack the United States (2001)