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Grimes, Bill [COL/USAF (Ret.)]. The History of Big Safari. Bloomington, IN: Archway Publishing, 2014.

Accirding to Gary K., Studies 59.2 (Jun. 2015), this book looks "at the sensitive arm of the [U.S.] Air Force that specializes in the rapid fielding of purpose-built or purpose-modified platforms to perform specific, usually sensitive, missions." There is less detail included after 2001 "because many programs are still active and classifed today.... Conspicuous by its absence ... is much discussion about specific targets, the results of the collection of ... intelligence from those targets, and the impact of the eventual intelligence produced -- who saw it and how it was used." Big Safari has "almost 700 endnotes and over 12 pages of bibliography."


Grimes, Sandra, and Jeanne Vertefeuille. Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2012.

From publisher: "Sandra Grimes is a twenty-six-year veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service who spent the majority of her career working against the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.... Jeanne Vertefeuille was a CIA officer from 1954-1992, specializing in counterintelligence in the Soviet Union, and has served as a contract analyst since 1993."

See "The People of the CIA ... Ames Mole Hunt Team," at:

Peake, Studies 57.1 (Mar. 2013), and Intelligencer 20.1 (Spring/Summer 2013), finds that the book provides "a good idea of the complexities of agent handling in the field -- especially in Moscow -- and how they were supported at CIA Headquarters." Circle of Treason looks at the mole hunt in terms of "what was done -- and by whom and when -- and includes operational details." This "is an enormously important account of a complex, often frustrating case, written by those who did much of the work to solve it." To Wippl, IJI&C 26.3 (Fall 2013), this work "is a memorial" to the "two women CIA officers, what they did, how they did it, and what they endured to accomplish the unveiling of Aldrich Ames."

For Hoffman, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2012, the authors "write authentic sketches of agents ... betrayed by Ames," but they "do not spill all the beans." The "massive damage" Ames caused "is not addressed in much detail. The long years of investigating a CIA mole evidently left lingering resentments. The authors ... were so angry about who got which medals for working on the case that they boycotted the award ceremony. This book adds an insider perspective ... but is probably not the last word on the Ames case." Goulden, Washington Times, 31 Jan. 2013, and Intelligencer 19.3 (Winter-Spring 2013), finds this "a disturbing read, but an essential one for anyone interested in the intricate detail work involved in a counterintelligence investigation."


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