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by Thomas Laird

Download Into Tibet : The CIA's First Atomic Spy and His Secret Expedition to Lhasa ePub
  • ISBN 0802117147
  • ISBN13 978-0802117144
  • Language English
  • Author Thomas Laird
  • Publisher Grove Pr; 1 edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Pages 364
  • Formats docx doc docx mobi
  • Category History
  • Subcategory Military
  • Size ePub 1135 kb
  • Size Fb2 1166 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 478

For over fifty years the CIA has closely guarded the identity of the first agent killed in the line of duty - the unnamed First Star on the outfit's Wall of Honor. That agent was Douglas Mackiernan. His unprecedented atomic intelligence operations helped shape both Central Asia and the CIA as we know them today. His work remains so sensitive that the Agency, even now, will neither confirm nor deny his existence. A riveting expose of international intrigue, Into Tibet reveals the extraordinary still-classified missions that sent Mackiernan and his partner, Frank Bessac, into the heart of the Cold War.

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It was a one-year trek across Inner Asia to Tibet, for the agents: across black sand deserts below sea level, and over snow bound 20,000 feet Himalayan passes.

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Zinnthi
I found this book thought provoking and entertaining. Laird, with his nose for reporting, puts together the movements of America's first fallen CIA agent, Doug MacKiernan, in his intrepid travels hither and tether throughout the North West of China. Laird discusses MacKiernan's work within, predominantly, Xinjiang, and the characters he met along the way. It is these characters who have given Laird a good insight into the mind of the inwards MacKiernan.

In short, MacKiernan is a CIA information gatherer specialising in the atomic detection and capabilities of Soviet nuclear armament. The period is set just after the Second World War when Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist party, beset with incompetent and corrupt officials, is on the brink of defeat by Mao Zedong's Communist Party. Analogous to this is Russia's growing influence within the Northwest, a result of its much sort after resource, Uranium. Thus, MacKiernan is faced with not only detecting Soviet atomic capabilities but also daunted by internecine political rivalries, the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of U.S. regional policy, his own feelings of loyalty to the local ethnic groups and his turbulent private life.

Liard provides the reader with a good general overview of the political happenings at that time. While he has had to improvise in part due to the lack of declassified information from the CIA, which many realise is usually an expedient way of disposing of work that would involve overtime, this does not detract from the reasons I mentioned above about why I enjoyed this book: that it is provoking and entertaining.

Having read some of the comments, I think the more critical readers have either missed, or are out-and-out misinformed, by what Laird was trying to achieve. This is not a heavy-ended scholarly work. It is well written and reasonably well researched. For a reporter it's sound work. It is intriguing stuff and it poses some very interesting questions which, for someone who takes an interest in this region in the world, is wonderful stuff. There are always two sides of the coin.
Arith
Extraordinary work and story.

Shocking tragedy.

Tibet was so close to remaining free.
Rias
Great story of a very faraway place and time.
Mightsinger
If you are a fan of true spy stories you'll really like this book. The time is just after WWII, and China is about to go "Red", the USSR is building an atomic bomb and the US cold warriors are in country. Why did the state department abandon Tibet? This story gives us a lot of information that up until now has only been hearsay. When the USSR blew up their first bomb where did they get the U235? When did the USA know about it, and what were they doing to know more... read on.
Pettalo
Interesting history of period of time when the CIA was first established, and some of the tragic consequences of U.S. foreign policy which was shaped by the domestic fears caused by McCarthyism.
Tam
This is a fascinating story of Tibet and the CIA.
Arryar
thank you
A very interesting book