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A career undercover man who reached the top of his furtive profession as director of the CIA from late through early , Gates sheds considerable light in this wide-angle memoir on the ways An interesting book for those reading about national security during the Cold War era. I've not read many accounts like this - from senior policy people after they leave office - but I like this Robert Michael Gates born September 25, is an American statesman and university president who served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Defense from to Bush was Director of Central Intelligence.

Gates was also an officer in the United States Air Force and during the early part of his military career, he was recruited by the CIA. Hamilton, that studied the lessons of the Iraq War. Gates has won many honorary doctorates from universities, including an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Yale University; his government awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Robert Michael Gates. Michael C. Very informative, well written, and most interesting. Mr Gates is a true American. More History.

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Jan 07, Remo rated it really liked it. If you are interested in foreign policy during the last half of the Cold War, this is a good historical source. Gates provides good stories of the Cold War, what the Soviets were doing around the world, and what the US did to counter them. He has an interesting take on how hawks and doves helped win the Cold War, as negotiation and military buildup both were important. Negotiation kept the relationship from going out of control, and dialogue with the West helped make the risk of proceeding with internal changes acceptable to the Soviets.

These are points to keep in mind as we deal with trouble spots around the world. Confrontation and conciliation can be used together to resolve problems. He writes a lot on Gorbachev, especially how he weakened the communist party in an effort to reform the USSR. A lot of us lived through those years, but I learned a lot about the final years of the Soviet Union reading this book.

Gates also gives his take on the five Presidents he worked for. He points out strengths and weaknesses of presidents, insights that changed my views of them. He felt all of them even Carter contributed to the collapse of the Soviets. May 09, Anthony Meaney rated it really liked it. This is not a book about covert actions or cloak and dagger "spy stuff". It is a book about the other side of the CIA - the analytical piece that forms most of the foreign policy decisions of the US President.

Will be of interest to those who grew up in the height of the cold war and who want to understand the goings on in the White House during those years. Requires a certain knowledge of the history of that era - otherwise you will be googling people's names to see who they were.

Most importan This is not a book about covert actions or cloak and dagger "spy stuff". Most importantly Gates is entirely non-partisan and gives each President he served under Nixon, Ford, Carter, Regan, Bush praise in areas that they were generally heavily criticized for. Worth reading for cold war history buffs and political junkies. Jul 25, Aidan rated it really liked it. I used this book for a research paper a long time ago and ended up reading the whole thing.

Gates reveals extremely controversial events that are unlikely ever to be talked about in the mainstream and I am now in the personal belief that the CIA should be abolished on the basis of specific things that they've done.

The only problem I had with this book is that, while I used this book for a research paper a long time ago and ended up reading the whole thing. The only problem I had with this book is that, while very revealing, the author shows an obvious bias that is very confusing the bias doesn't get in the way in the book. It appears he was indoctrinated to believe that the CIA is never wrong in the things they do, and shouldn't be upheld for their 'mistakes'- illegal activity.

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So while he mentions things the CIA did that are definitely wrong, he doesn't believe they are lol. Like in example, the CIA sought finding ways to ignore laws passed by congress or finding loopholes in them, so they wouldn't get in trouble for the things they were specifically outlawed against doing. It really enforces the idea that our government has culturally transformed into a Mafia mindset. I recommend reading this regardless of your opinions on interventionism, if you want a clearer view on America's foreign policy during the Second half of the Cold War.

For a better understanding on how our contemporary hawkish policymakers think the very intelligent ones at least , I recommend reading The Grand Chessboard and Strategic Vision by Zbigniew Brzezinski. Jun 16, Calvin rated it liked it. The book itself was written in and it shows its age.