Secret and Sanctioned Covert Operations and the American Presidency
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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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Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/25/1996
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
|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|