Bass

Bass, Carla D. "Building Castles on Sand: Understanding the Tide of Information Operations." Airpower Journal 13 (Summer 1999): 27-45.

[GenPostwar/InfoWar]

Bass, Streeter. "Beaumarchais and the American Revolution." Studies in Intelligence 14, no. 1 (Spring 1970): 1-18. [https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol14no1/html/v14i1a01p_0001.htm]

The author recounts the support from Pierre August Caron de Beaumarchais, confidential agent of France in London, for bringing France in on the side of the Americans during the Revolutionary War. His efforts included establishment -- with loans from the French and Spanish monarchies -- of a cover firm to sell arms and supplies and furnish volunteers to the Americans. That he was not paid for what he sent to the Americans is part of the story.

[RevWar/Foreign]

Bass, Streeter. "Nathan Hale's Mission." Studies in Intelligence 17, no. 4 (Winter 1973): 67-74.

It is ironic that the fact that we know Hale's story "at all is due solely to the presence at his execution of one British officer who was sufficiently sensitive to his demeanor and impressed by the character of his motivation to have ... heard what he said on the gallows, and to have passed it on to his friends." The author suggests that Cory Ford's A Peculiar Service (1965) is probably the best reconstruction of Hale's largely unknown movements on his mission.

[RevWar/Hale]

Bass, Thomas A. The Spy Who Loved Us: The Vietnam War and Pham Xuan An's Dangerous Game. New York: Public Affairs, 2009.

Peake, Studies 54.2 (Jun. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), suggests that the author's "obvious political agenda ... raises questions about his objectivity" and "leads to inaccuracies." The reviewer also notes that Larry "Berman [Perfect Spy (2007)] cited sources; Bass for the most part does not, though he names those he interviewed."

[Vietnam/Gen]

Return to Bas-Bat