Reading Lists

2018 Official Central Intelligence Agency Reading List

Below are the 17 books on the New 2018 CIA Reading List.

If you are only able to read one of the these books I highly recommend. Robert Gates “From the Shadows”. Written just after he left the CIA, Rob Gates offers an inside look of the workings of the white house, and the agency’s role in the collapse of the Soviet Union. While reading his writings I was most impressed with Secretary Gates ability to capture personality and character of both himself and the people he is writing about.

Next to Donald Rumsfeld, the man he relieved as Secretary of Defense, few leaders have been in more White Houses and worked around more presidents than Robert Gates.

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Jack Devine and Vernon Loeb, Good Hunting

Henry A. Crumpton, The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in CIA’s Clandestine Service

Martha Peterson, Widow Spy

Christopher Andrew, For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush

John Ranelagh, The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA

William E. Colby with Peter Forbath, Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA

Robert Gates, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War

Peter Grose, Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles

Floyd Paseman, A Spy’s Journey: A CIA Memoir

Joseph Persico, Casey: The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey

Benjamin Weiser, A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country

Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille, Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed

David Martin, Wilderness of Mirrors

Philip Taubman, Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden History of America’s Space Espionage

Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton, Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al-Qaeda

Steve Coll, Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001

John Prados, Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA

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