Secret and Sanctioned Covert Operations and the American Presidency

ISBN-10: 0195100980

ISBN-13: 9780195100983

Edition: 1996

Authors: Stephen F. Knott
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Description: This groundbreaking new book challenges the notion that covert operations are a twentieth-century phenomenon, recounting a wide array of operations sanctioned by America's Founding Fathers. These include George Washington's plan to kidnap King George III's son; Thomas Jefferson's proposal to burn down St Paul's Cathedral in London; James Madison's procuring of a prostitute for a prominent foreign visitor; and Daniel Webster's use of British secret service money to influence American public opinion. In describing these operations and more, Stephen F. Knott challenges the conclusions of the Church and the Iran-Contra Committees that America's Cold War presidents broke faith with the Founding Fathers. While Knott acknowledges the rise of a large clandestine bureaucracy such as the CIA as a twentieth-century innovation, he nonetheless argues that the type of operations conducted by the Founders were remarkably similar to those of their Cold War successors such as Truman and Bush.

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Book details

List price: $74.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/25/1996
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Introduction
George Washington and the Founding of American Clandestine Activity
Hamilton and Jay: The Constitution, The Federalist, and "The Business of Intelligence"
The Contingency Fund
Options Short of War: Thomas Jefferson's Clandestine Foreign Policy
The Era of Covert Expansion: Part 1, 1809-1829
The Era of Covert Expansion: Part 2, 1829-1849
Civil War and Aftermath: The Birth of the Modern Intelligence Bureaucracy
The Distorted Legacy: The Rise of Congressional Control of Clandestine Operations
Appendix: Presidents and Secretaries of State Cited in This Work
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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