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THE OVERSEAS TARGETS - War Report of the OSS (Office of Strategic  Services) Volume II "Top Secret"

THE OVERSEAS TARGETS - War Report of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) Volume II "Top Secret"

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THE OVERSEAS TARGETS - War Report of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) Volume II "Top Secret"

by Roosevelt, Kermit

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New York: Walker and Company. Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1976. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 460 pages; Contents clean and secure in original blue binding in very nice dustjacket. This book: "Revealed here for the first time, in this recently declassified history of the OSS in World War II, are hundreds of dramatic accounts of the heroic activities of OSS operatives in the European and Far Eastern theaters. ... Rich in drama and intrigue, here are the specifics on OSS infiltration, sabotage, clandestine communications, espionage, and secret support of resistance groups in the occupied countries." An essential primary reference for intelligence and covert operations in the 1940s. Provenance: Though not marked as such, this book is from the collection of Kermit "Kim" Roosevelt, Jr. (1916 - 2000), the grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt. He was a career intelligence officer who served in the Office of Strategic Services and was the mastermind of the Central Intelligence Agency's Operation Ajax, which orchestrated the coup against Iran's democratically-elected Mohammed Mossadegh administration, and returned Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, to Iran's Peacock Throne in August 1953 for the purpose of returning Western control of Middle Eastern oil supplies. Assigned to Egypt, Roosevelt impressed his colleagues with Project FF, which encouraged the Free Officers Movement to carry out a coup d'état in 1952, and Roosevelt developed close CIA links to the new leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser. In Egypt under Allen Dulles, Kim Roosevelt supervised the CIA's operation to undermine the popular General Neguib and encourage the rise to power of Gamul Abdul Nasser. Even before his decisive victory, Nasser was communicating through Roosevelt to make a settlement with Great Britain. These back channel negotiations eventually produced the treaty signed in October 1954. Hugh Wilford: "[Roosevelt Jr.] had this notion of America forming an alliance with the Arab countries as they emerged from under the sway of Britain and France. He was very concerned with backing Arab nationalists in the region. He saw that as the best way of keeping it within the American orbit, as the Cold War was gathering momentum...." The Eisenhower administration, including Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, was initially quite sympathetic towards the Arabist agenda of Roosevelt's and his colleagues and willing to oppose Middle Eastern regimes seen "as backing the Soviet Union rather than the U.S." In discussing Roosevelt's role, Wilford describes him as being among "the most important intelligence officers of their generation in the Middle East." .

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Bookseller's Inventory #
45071
Title
THE OVERSEAS TARGETS - War Report of the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) Volume II "Top Secret"
Author
Roosevelt, Kermit
Format/Binding
Hardcover
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket
Edition
First Edition Thus
Publisher
Walker and Company
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1976
Size
8vo.
Weight
0.00 lbs
Keywords
Office of Strategic Services (OSS), Espionage, Intelligence Services, Spies and Spying, Covert Operations, U.S. Foreign Policy, Classified Operations, World War II
Bookseller catalogs
Americana and American History; Political Science;

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