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Book Title: Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA, 1981-87|
The author of the book: Bob Woodward
Edition: Pocket Books
Date of issue: September 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780671661595
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 956 KB
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Reader ratings: 4.2
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A book on the dirty covert wars of the Reagan era, this has the usual Bob Woodward saws: insider gossip, palace intrigue and a few scoops along the way. I have a lot of problems with Woodward's method, since so much of what he offers ends up being the self-serving perspectives of those whose access he must have to write his books.
One passage I underlined, which is classic Woodward and modern journalism, describing the relationship between CIA director William and deputy director Max Hugel, both Reagan campaign cronies:
"Casey and Hugel were an odd couple. At first, neither could figure out how to get their stove to work. Casey found a constance and devotion in Hugel that was touching, even sweet. Hugel learned that Casey loved bananas. When he shopped, he brought home bunches of them. Once when a gust of wind blew Casey's hat from his head, Hugel went chasing after it and a second gust caught Hugel's toupee and sent it flying -- providing some of Hugel's critics on the campaign a cherished memory."
I tend to agree with Theodore White's criticism in a similar situation: "Who gives a fuck if the guy had milk and Total for breakfast?"
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Read information about the authorRobert "Bob" Upshur Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. While an investigative reporter for that newspaper, Woodward, working with fellow reporter Carl Bernstein, helped uncover the Watergate scandal that led to U.S. President Richard Nixon's resignation. Woodward has written 12 best-selling non-fiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collectively earned the Post and its National Reporting staff a Pulitzer Prize.
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