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2018 CIA Reading List

Below are the 17 books on the Central Intelligence Agency Reading List

More Recent Works

  1. Good Hunting, by Jack Devine and Vernon Loeb
  2. The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in CIA’s Clandestine Service, by  Henry A. Crumpton
  3. Widow Spy, by Martha Peterson

General Histories

  1. For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush, by Christopher Andrew
  2. The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA, by John Ranelagh

Biographies and Memoirs

  1. Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA, by William E. Colby with Peter Forbath
  2. From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War, by Robert Gates
  3. Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles, by Peter Grose
  4. A Spy’s Journey: A CIA Memoir, by Floyd Paseman
  5. Casey: The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey, by Joseph Persico

Espionage / Counterintelligence

  1. A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country, by Benjamin Weiser
  2. Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed, by Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille
  3. Wilderness of Mirrors, by David Martin

Technical Collection

  1. Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden History of America’s Space Espionage, by Philip Taubman
  2. Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al-Qaeda, by Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton

Covert Action

  1. Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by Steve Coll
  2. Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA, by John Prados
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