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The Foundation of the CIA: Harry Truman, The Missouri Gang, and the Origins of the Cold War
by Richard E. Schroeder
University of Missouri Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8262-7393-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8262-2137-7
Library of Congress Classification JK468.I6S256 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 327.1273009

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This highly accessible book provides new material and a fresh perspective on American National Intelligence practice, focusing on the first fifty years of the twentieth century, when the United States took on the responsibilities of a global superpower during the first years of the Cold War.  Late to the art of intelligence, the United States during World War II created a new model of combining intelligence collection and analytic functions into a single organization—the OSS. At the end of the war, President Harry Truman and a small group of advisors developed a new, centralized agency directly subordinate to and responsible to the President, despite entrenched institutional resistance. Instrumental to the creation of the CIA was a group known colloquially as the “Missouri Gang,” which included not only President Truman but equally determined fellow Missourians Clark Clifford, Sidney Souers, and Roscoe Hillenkoetter.

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