Legacy of Ashes (book)

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
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Author Tim Weiner
Country United States
Language English
Subject Central Intelligence Agency
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Doubleday
Publication date
Pages 702 pp (first edition)
ISBN 978-0-385-51445-3
OCLC 82367780
327.1273009 22
LC Class JK468.I6 W44 2007

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA is a 2007 book by Tim Weiner. Legacy of Ashes is a detailed history of the Central Intelligence Agency from its creation after World War II, through the Cold War years and the War on Terror, to after 9/11. The book is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence.[1]

Legacy of Ashes won the 2007 National Book Award for Nonfiction.[2]

The CIA itself was very critical of the book, declaring that "anyone who wants a balanced perspective of CIA and its history should steer well clear of Legacy of Ashes."[3][4]


  1. ^ Counter Intelligence
  2. ^ "National Book Awards – 2007". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-20. (With interview transcript and personal appearance video.)
  3. ^ Review of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of CIA", Central Intelligence Agency
  4. ^ CIA Statement on “Legacy of Ashes”, Central Intelligence Agency

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