Look Over My Shoulder - Richard Helms (Paperback)

A Life In The Central Intelligence Agency

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9780812971088
Department
Books
Released
31 Aug 2004
Supply Source
UK

Book

Authors
Richard Helms
William Hood
William Hood (Collaborator)
William Hood (Other)
Henry A. Kissinger (Foreward By)
Subtitle
A Life In The Central Intelligence Agency
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Random House Inc
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
478
Dimensions
229 x 152 x 19mm (658g)

Annotation

The former director of the CIA discusses his education in Switzerland, work in the OSS, participation in the agency's creation, witness to Nixon's attempt to involve the CIA in the Watergate cover-up, and assignment as ambassador to the Shah's Iran. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

Summary

A Look over My Shoulder begins with President Nixon&;s attempt to embroil the Central Intelligence Agency, of which Richard Helms was then the director, in the Watergate cover-up. Helms then recalls his education in Switzerland and Germany and at Williams College; his early career as a foreign correspondent in Berlin, during which he once lunched with Hitler; and his return to newspaper work in the United States. Helms served on the German desk at OSS headquarters in London; subsequently, he was assigned to Allen Dulles&;s Berlin office in postwar Germany.

On his return to Washington, Helms assumed responsibility for the OSS carryover operations in Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe. He remained in this post until the Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947. At CIA, Helms served in many positions, ultimately becoming the organization&;s director from 1966 to 1973. He was appointed ambassador to Iran later that year and retired from government service in January 1977. It was often thought that Richard Helms, who served longer in the Central Intelligence Agency than anyone else, would never tell his story, but here it is&;revealing, news-making, and with candid assessments of the controversies and triumphs of a remarkable career.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Biography/Autobiography
BISAC Subject 1
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
BIC Classification 1
Autobiography: historical, political & military
BIC Classification 2
Espionage & secret services
Library Subject 1
United States
Library Subject 2
Intelligence officers - United States
Library Subject 3
Helms, Richard
Academic Subject 1
U.S. Government - Intelligence
Dewey Classification
327.12730092

Inside Flap

A Look over My Shoulder begins with President Nixon’s attempt to embroil the Central Intelligence Agency, of which Richard Helms was then the director, in the Watergate cover-up. Helms then recalls his education in Switzerland and Germany and at Williams College; his early career as a foreign correspondent in Berlin, during which he once lunched with Hitler; and his return to newspaper work in the United States. Helms served on the German desk at OSS headquarters in London; subsequently, he was assigned to Allen Dulles’s Berlin office in postwar Germany.

On his return to Washington, Helms assumed responsibility for the OSS carryover operations in Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe. He remained in this post until the Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947. At CIA, Helms served in many positions, ultimately becoming the organization’s director from 1966 to 1973. He was appointed ambassador to Iran later that year and retired from government service in January 1977. It was often thought that Richard Helms, who served longer in the Central Intelligence Agency than anyone else, would never tell his story, but here it is–revealing, news-making, and with candid assessments of the controversies and triumphs of a remarkable career.

Author Bio

After his retirement, Richard Helms lived in Washington, D.C. He died in October 2002. William Hood was born in Maine and entered the military in 1942. After serving in the Armored Force and military intelligence, he volunteered for the Office of Strategic Services; he was at the London headquarters of OSS until 1945, when he joined Allen Dulles in Switzerland. He remained in OSS carryover units until CIA was formed. He served abroad and as chief of station, with responsibilities involving Eastern Europe, the USSR, and Latin America, and was executive officer of the Counterintelligence Staff when he retired from CIA. He has published three novels and a nonfiction book, Mole. He divides his time among New York City, Maine, and East Hampton, New York.

From the Hardcover edition.

Review Quotes

"An unsurpassed insider look into how American intelligence actually operates."
-The New York Times Book Review "GRIPPING . . . HELMS'S ACCOUNT IS FASCINATING, ACUTE, AND SUBTLE."
-from the Foreword by HENRY A. KISSINGER

"A book of unusual depth and richness."
-The New York Times

"Fascinating . . . A must-read . . . [A Look over My Shoulder] speaks to the present about truth and the role of a secret intelligence agency in a democracy."
-Legal Times