Legacy of Ashes (book)

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA
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AuthorTim Weiner
CountryUnited States
SubjectCentral Intelligence Agency
Publication date
Pages702 pp (first edition)
327.1273009 22
LC ClassJK468.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 the September 11 attacks in 2001 and beyond. The book is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA, 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 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]


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