GENERAL POST-WORLD WAR II

1960s

Generally

I - Z

Kochavi, Noam. "Washington's View of the Sino-Soviet Split, 1961-63: From Puzzle Prudence to Bold Experimentation." Intelligence and National Security 15, no. 1 (Spring 2000): 50-79.

Leary, William M.

1. "Robert Fulton's Skyhook and Operation Coldfeet." Studies in Intelligence 38, no. 5 (1995): 99-109.

Fulton's invention was a step beyond the modified mail-pickup system used for agent and other air-extraction operations. The system was developed under the auspices of Office of Naval Research (ONR). The operational target became an abandoned Soviet drift station, but a lack of funding led ONR to turn to the CIA for support. The drop of two men onto the drift was made on 26 May 1962, and extraction came on 2 June.

See also, John Cadwalader, "Operation Coldfeet: An Investigation of the Abandoned Soviet Arctic Drift Station NP 8," ONI Review 17 (Aug. 1962): 344-355.

2. And Leonard A. LeSchack. Project Coldfeet: Secret Mission to a Soviet Ice Station. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996.

According to Cutler, Proceedings 122.12 (Dec. 1996), two U.S. intelligence officers were parachuted onto an abandoned Soviet ice station in 1962 to gather information on what the Soviets were up to and what they were capable of. This book is a "well-researched addition to the Naval Institute's Special Warfare series."

Bates, NIPQ, Spring 1997, finds the book to be more about U.S. and Soviet Arctic research than about intelligence. Nonetheless, the involvement of Intermountain Aviation, a CIA proprietary, in Project Coldfeet allows the author to introduce the story of two key Intermountain players and their involvement in a plan to rescue an imprisoned comrade in Indonesia.

To Van Nederveen, Aerospace Power Journal (Spring  2001), this work, "[w]ritten by a CIA historian and one of the mission’s participants,... mixes polar exploration, intelligence gathering, and exciting technological solutions to make a very readable account." The "entire development process and various tests carried out [of the Fulton Skyhook] are detailed in the book. This part alone makes for interesting and exciting reading."

Platt, Washington [BGEN/USA]. National Character in Action: Intelligence Factors in Foreign Relations. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1961.

Pforzheimer: "Platt discusses both general concepts and specific cases" of the influence of national character in international relations.

Robarge, David S. "Getting It Right: CIA Analysis of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War " Studies in Intelligence 49, no. 1 (2005): 1-7.

Sometimes the intelligence process works "almost perfectly. On those occasions, most of the right information was collected in a timely fashion, analyzed with appropriate methodologies, and punctually disseminated in finished form to policymakers who were willing to read and heed it. Throughout those situations, the intelligence bureaucracies were responsive and cooperative," and the DCI "had access and influence downtown. One such example that can be publicly acknowledged" is the Six-Day War in 1967.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. A City Torn Apart: Building of the Berlin Wall, at: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/historical-collection-publications/building-of-the-berlin-wall/index.html.

"[T]his collection covers the period of 1945 to the end of 1961. The ... documents, videos, and photographs show Berlin's journey from a battered post war region occupied by the Allies to a city literally divided.... This is a joint project with the National Archives and Records Administration-National Declassification Center and more materials can be found on the NARA website."

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Strategic Warning and the Role of Intelligence: Lessons Learned From The 1968 Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, at: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/historical-collection-publications/czech-invasion/index.html.

"The Czechoslovak crisis began in January 1968. The Czech communist leadership embarked on a program of dramatic liberalization of the political, economic, and social orders. These reforms triggered increasing Soviet concerns culminating in the invasion of 21 August 1968. This collection of documents pertains to these issues, the responses and analysis of this event in history."

U.S. Department of State. Office of the Historian. Gen. ed., David S. Patterson. Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968. Click for volumes I-X and volumes from XI in this series.

Whittell, Giles. Bridge of Spies: A True Story of the Cold War. New York: Broadway Books, 2010.

Legvold, FA 90.2 (Mar.-Apr. 2011), calls the author "a master storyteller." He ties together the stories of Rudolf Abel, Francis Gary Powers, and Frederic Pryor and the exchange that took place between the United States and the Soviet Union at Checkpoint Charlie in 1962.

Yoder, Edwin M., Jr. Joe Alsop's Cold War: A Study of Journalistic Influence and Intrigue. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Brinkley, WPNWE, 8-14 May 1995, says that "Yoder's engaging and perceptive book describes Alsop in his prime, from roughly the end of World War II to the early 1960s.... [I]t makes clear why Alsop was simultaneously so respected and so reviled -- and why he perhaps deserved to be both.... Yoder is appropriately skeptical of Alsop's many flaws and eccentricities.... But this is an affectionate and admiring portrait nonetheless.... Yoder conveys both his strengths and weaknesses with the clear eyes of a good reporter and the sensitivity of a true friend." Warren, Surveillant 4.4/5, concurs in this judgment, calling Joe Alsop's Cold War "a charming book about the distinctly uncharming Joe Alsop."

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