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The Best Books About The C.S.I.

July 17, 2017

“What are the best books about the CSI?” We looked at 255  of the top CSI books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

As a companion to our Best FBI Books article, below you can find the top 255 books about the CSI. The top 15 books, all appearing on 3 or more lists, are ranked below with images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 200+ titles, as well as the articles we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

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Top CSI Books Of All-Time



15 .) All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror by Stephen Kinzer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads 2

With a thrilling narrative that sheds much light on recent events, this national bestseller brings to life the 1953 CIA coup in Iran that ousted the country’s elected prime minister, ushered in a quarter-century of brutal rule under the Shah, and stimulated the rise of Islamic fundamentalism and anti-Americanism in the Middle East. Selected as one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and The Economist, it now features a new preface by the author on the folly of attacking Iran.

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14 .) First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan by Gary Schroen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • CIA 2

“While America held its breath in the days immediately following 9/11, a small but determined group of CIA agents covertly began to change history. This is the riveting first-person account of the treacherous top-secret mission inside Afghanistan to set the stage for the defeat of the Taliban and launch the war on terror.

As thrilling as any novel, First In is a uniquely intimate look at a mission that began the U.S. retaliation against terrorism–and reclaimed the country of Afghanistan for its people.”

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13 .) Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA by Tim Weiner

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads 2
  • Boston Globe

With shocking revelations that made headlines in papers across the country, Pulitzer-Prize-winner Tim Weiner gets at the truth behind the CIA and uncovers here why nearly every CIA Director has left the agency in worse shape than when he found it; and how these profound failures jeopardize our national security.

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12 .) The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service by Henry A. Crumpton

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads 2
  • CIA 1
  • Boston Globe

Revelatory and groundbreaking, The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post–9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role—in the battlefield and in the Oval Office—in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.

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11 .) The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA by Thomas Powers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Boston Globe
  • The Washington Post
  • CIA 2

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10 .) The Very Best Men: Four Who Dared: The Early Years of the CIA by Evan Thomas

Lists It Appears On:

  • CIA 2
  • Boston Globe
  • Goodreads 2

“The Very Best Men is the story of the CIA’s early days as told through the careers of four glamorous, daring, and idealistic men who ran covert operations for the government from the end of World War II to Vietnam. Evan Thomas re-creates the personal dramas and sometimes tragic lives of Frank Wisner, Richard Bissell, Tracy Barnes, and Desmond FitzGerald, who risked everything to contain the Soviet threat.

Within the inner circles of Washington, they were regarded as the best and the brightest. They planned and acted to keep the country out of war—by stealth and “political action” and to do by cunning and sleight of hand what great armies could not, must not be allowed to do. In the end, they were too idealistic and too honorable, and were unsuited for the dark, duplicitous life of spying. Their hubris and naïveté led them astray, producing both sensational coups and spectacular blunders like the Bay of Pigs and the failed assassination attempts on foreign leaders in the early 1960s. Thomas draws on the CIA’s own secret histories, to which he has had exclusive access, as well as extensive interviews, to bring to life a crucial piece of American history.”

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9 .) The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies.

This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime.”

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8 .) Wilderness of Mirrors by David C. Martin

Lists It Appears On:

  • CIA 1
  • CIA 2
  • The Washington Post

“At the dawn of the Cold War, the world’s most important intelligence agencies―the Soviet KGB, the American CIA, and the British MI6―appeared to have clear-cut roles and a sense of rising importance in their respective countries. But when Kim Philby, head of MI6’s Russian division and arguably the twenty-first century’s greatest spy, was revealed to be a Russian mole along with British government heavyweights Donald Maclean and Guy Burgess, everything in the Western intelligence world turned upside down.

Here is the true story of how the American James Bond―the colorful, foulmouthed, pistol-packing, alcoholic ex-FBI agent William “King” Harvey―put the finger on Philby; how James Jesus Angleton, the chain-smoking poet of Yale University and the CIA’s supposed “master spy” in charge of counterintelligence, began his descent into a paranoid wilderness of mirrors upon learning of family friend Kim Philby’s ultimate betrayal; and the devastating consequences of the loss of MI6 prestige and the CIA’s subsequent self-defeating witch hunts.

Every revelation, every stranger-than-fiction twist and turn is all the more intriguing as truths become lies and unlikely scenarios are revealed as reality. With impeccable sourcing and the use of thousands of pages of declassified research, David C. Martin’s Wilderness of Mirrors is widely recognized as a masterpiece of intelligence literature.”

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7 .) A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency by Richard Helms with William Hood

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Goodreads 2
  • Boston Globe
  • CIA 2

“A Look over My Shoulder begins with President Nixon’s attempt to embroil the Central Intelligence Agency, of which Richard Helms was then the director, in the Watergate cover-up. Helms then recalls his education in Switzerland and Germany and at Williams College; his early career as a foreign correspondent in Berlin, during which he once lunched with Hitler; and his return to newspaper work in the United States. Helms served on the German desk at OSS headquarters in London; subsequently, he was assigned to Allen Dulles’s Berlin office in postwar Germany.

On his return to Washington, Helms assumed responsibility for the OSS carryover operations in Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe. He remained in this post until the Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947. At CIA, Helms served in many positions, ultimately becoming the organization’s director from 1966 to 1973. He was appointed ambassador to Iran later that year and retired from government service in January 1977. It was often thought that Richard Helms, who served longer in the Central Intelligence Agency than anyone else, would never tell his story, but here it is–revealing, news-making, and with candid assessments of the controversies and triumphs of a remarkable career.”

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6 .) At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA by George Tenet

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Ranker
  • Goodreads 2
  • CIA 2

“In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, one man’s vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and gripping, At the Center of the Storm recounts George Tenet’s time at the Central Intelligence Agency, a revealing look at the inner workings of the most important intelligence organization in the world during the most challenging times in recent history. With unparalleled access to both the highest echelons of government and raw intelligence from the field, Tenet illuminates the CIA’s painstaking attempts to prepare the country against new and deadly threats, disentangles the interlocking events that led to 9/11, and offers explosive new information on the deliberations and strategies that culminated in the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Beginning with his appointment as Director of Central Intelligence in 1997, Tenet unfolds the momentous events that led to 9/11 as he saw and experienced them: his declaration of war on al-Qa’ida; the CIA’s covert operations inside Afghanistan; the worldwide operational plan to fight terrorists; his warnings of imminent attacks against American interests to White House officials in the summer of 2001; and the plan for a coordinated and devastating counterattack against al-Qa’ida laid down just six days after the attacks.”

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5 .) From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider’s Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War by Robert M. Gates

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Biostat
  • CIA 1
  • CIA 2

From a former director of the CIA, and one who served on the White House staffs of four presidents, this is the inside story of America’s and the agency’s roles in the collapse of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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4 .) See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism by Robert B. Baer

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Ranker
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2

“On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the terrible result of that intelligence failure with the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In the wake of those attacks, Americans were left wondering how such an obviously long-term, globally coordinated plot could have escaped detection by the CIA and taken the nation by surprise. Robert Baer was not surprised. A twenty-one-year veteran of the CIA’s Directorate of Operations who had left the agency in 1997, Baer observed firsthand how an increasingly bureaucratic CIA lost its way in the post–cold war world and refused to adequately acknowledge and neutralize the growing threat of Islamic fundamentalist terror in the Middle East and elsewhere.

A throwback to the days when CIA operatives got results by getting their hands dirty and running covert operations, Baer spent his career chasing down leads on suspected terrorists in the world’s most volatile hot spots. As he and his agents risked their lives gathering intelligence, he watched as the CIA reduced drastically its operations overseas, failed to put in place people who knew local languages and customs, and rewarded workers who knew how to play the political games of the agency’s suburban Washington headquarters but not how to recruit agents on the ground.

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3 .) The Agency: The Rise and Decline of the CIA by John Ranelagh

Lists It Appears On:

  • CIA 1
  • Boston Globe
  • The Washington Post
  • CIA 2

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2 .) The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence by Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks

Lists It Appears On:

  • Ranker
  • Biostat
  • Wikipedia
  • The Washington Post

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1 .) Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001 by Steve Coll

Lists It Appears On:

  • Wikipedia
  • Goodreads
  • Goodreads 2
  • Bustle
  • CIA 1

To what extent did America’s best intelligence analysts grasp the rising thread of Islamist radicalism? Who tried to stop bin Laden and why did they fail? Comprehensively and for the first time, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Coll recounts the history of the covert wars in Afghanistan that fueled Islamic militancy and sowed the seeds of the September 11 attacks. Based on scrupulous research and firsthand accounts by key government, intelligence, and military personnel both foreign and American, Ghost Wars details the secret history of the CIA’s role in Afghanistan (including its covert operations against Soviet troops from 1979 to 1989), the rise of the Taliban, the emergence of bin Laden, and the failed efforts by U.S. forces to find and assassinate bin Laden in Afghanistan.

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The Additional Best Books And Biographies About The C.S.I.



 

# Book Author Lists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
16 A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His Country Benjamin Weiser CIA 1
CIA 2
17 A Spy for All Seasons: My Life in the CIA Duane R. Clarridge and Digby Diehl Biostat
CIA 2
18 A Spy’s Journey: A CIA Memoir Floyd L. Paseman CIA 1
CIA 2
19 Age of Secrets Gerald Bellett Ranker
Wikipedia
20 Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold War David E. Murphy, Sergei A. Kondrashev, and George Bailey Ranker
CIA 2
21 Casey Joseph E. Persico CIA 2
CIA 1
22 Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton: The CIA’s Master Spy Hunter. Tom Mangold Goodreads 2
CIA 2
23 Eyeball to Eyeball: The Inside Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis Dino A. Brugioni The Washington Post
CIA 2
24 For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush Christopher Andrew CIA 2
CIA 1
25 Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen Dulles Peter Grose CIA 1
CIA 2
26 Inside Cia’s Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency’s Internal Journal, 1955-1992 H. Bradford Westerfield Biostat
CIA 2
27 Killing Hope William Blum Ranker
Wikipedia
28 Overthrow Stephen Kinzer Ranker
Wikipedia
29 Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIA John Prados CIA 1
CIA 2
30 Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden History of America’s Space Espionage Philip Taubman CIA 1
CIA 2
31 Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al-Qaeda Robert Wallace and H. Keith Melton CIA 1
Goodreads 2
32 State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration James Risen Wikipedia
Goodreads 2
33 The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives Ted Gup Goodreads 2
CIA 2
34 The CIA and September 11 Ranker
Wikipedia
35 The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 Lawrence Wright Bustle
Goodreads 2
36 The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA Antonio J. Mendez Goodreads 2
CIA 2
37 The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIA Joby Warrick Goodreads
Goodreads 2
38 The Way of the World Ron Suskind Ranker
Wikipedia
39 Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 Bob Woodward Biostat
Goodreads 2
40 Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIA Mark Riebling Biostat
CIA 2
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
41 1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI – The Untold Story Peter Lance CIA 2
42 50 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of the “Dragon Lady” Chris Pocock CIA 2
43 A Life In Secrets: The Story of Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE Sarah Helm CIA 2
44 A Short Course in the Secret War. Christopher Felix [pseudonym for James McCarger] CIA 2
45 A Wanted Man Lee Child Goodreads 2
46 A World of Secrets: The Uses and Limits of Intelligence. Walter Laqueur CIA 2
47 Acid Dreams Wikipedia
48 Act of Treason Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
49 Adrenaline Jeff Abbott Goodreads 2
50 Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International Jihad Lorenzo Vidino with a Foreword by Steven Emerson CIA 2
51 All the Old Knives Olen Steinhauer Goodreads 2
52 All the Queen’s Men Linda Howard Goodreads 2
53 America’s Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic Society Loch Johnson Biostat
54 American Assassin Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
55 American Intelligence, 1775-1990: A Bibliographical Guide Neal H. Petersen CIA 2
56 Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations. Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce, eds. CIA 2
57 Archangel. David Robarge CIA 2
58 Argo: How the CIA & Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History Antonio J. Mendez Goodreads 2
59 Assessing the Soviet Threat: The Early Cold War Years. Woodrow J. Kuhns CIA 2
60 At Cold War’s End: U.S. Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991. Ben B. Fischer CIA 2
61 Autobiography of a Spy. Mary Bancroft CIA 2
62 Best Truth: Intelligence in the Information Age Bruce D. Berkowitz and Allen E. Goodman CIA 2
63 Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War. P.K. Rose CIA 2
64 Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army Jeremy Scahill Bustle
65 Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage. Sherry Sontag CIA 2
66 Blond Ghost David Corn Biostat
67 Bloodmoney: A Novel of Espionage David Ignatius Goodreads 2
68 Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures Lindsay Moran Ranker
69 Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New Century James Bamford CIA 2
70 Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence Stansfield Turner Ranker
71 Cast No Shadow: The Life of the American Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II. Mary S. Lovell CIA 2
72 Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our Times George Crile Goodreads 2
73 China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage and Diplomacy. James Lilley with Jeffrey Lilley CIA 2
74 CIA and the Vietnam Policymakers: Three Episodes 1962-1968. Harold P. Ford CIA 2
75 CIA Life: 10,000 Days with the Agency. Tom Gilligan CIA 2
76 CIA Special Weapons and Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War. H. Keith Melton CIA 2
77 CIA Spymaster Clarence Ashley CIA 2
78 CIA Targets Fidel: Secret 1967 CIA Inspector General’s Report on Plots to Assassinate Fidel Castro Biostat
79 CIA’s Analysis of the Soviet Union 1947-1991. Gerald K. Haines and Robert E. Leggett, eds. CIA 2
80 CIA’s Secret Operations: Espionage, Counterespionage, and Covert Action. Harry A. Rositzke CIA 2
81 Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed Sandra Grimes and Jeanne Vertefeuille CIA 1
82 Clinton’s Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief. Richard Sale CIA 2
83 Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961. Robin Winks CIA 2
84 Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames. Pete Earley CIA 2
85 Consent to Kill Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
86 CORONA: America’s First Satellite Program. [18.4MB*] Kevin Ruffner, ed. CIA 2
87 Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran. Kermit Roosevelt CIA 2
88 CovertAction Quarterly Wikipedia
89 Creating the Secret State: The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947 David F. Rudgers Ranker
90 Cries of the Eagle Michael E. Nathanson Goodreads
91 Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War Bob Drogin Ranker
92 Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion Gary Webb Goodreads 2
93 Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security. William Burrows CIA 2
94 Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11 Melissa Boyle Mahle CIA 2
95 Directors of Central Intelligence as Leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community — 1946-2005 Douglas F. Garthoff CIA 2
96 Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence. Roy Godson CIA 2
97 Donovan and the CIA: A History of the Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency. Thomas F. Troy CIA 2
98 Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 2 volumes Rodney P. Carlisle, (ed.) CIA 2
99 Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence Agency Wikipedia
100 Enigma: The Battle for the Code. Hugh Sebag-Montefiore CIA 2
101 Executive Power Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
102 Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency William J. Daugherty CIA 2
103 Extreme Measures Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
104 Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites. Dwayne Day, John M. Logsdon, and Brian Latell, eds., CIA 2
105 Facing Reality: From World Federalism to the CIA. Cord Meyer CIA 2
106 Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal Valerie Plame Wilson Goodreads 2
107 Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying. James Olson CIA 2
108 Feet to the Fire: CIA Covert Operations in Indonesia, 1957-1958. Kenneth J. Conboy CIA 2
109 Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War. Tammy M. Proctor CIA 2
110 Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu Ghraib Col. Larry C. James Bustle
111 Forecasting Terrorism: Indications of Proven Analytic Techniques Sundri Khalsa CIA 2
112 Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services 1942-1945. Barry M. Katz CIA 2
113 Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945-1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment. United States Department of State CIA 2
114 General Walter Bedell Smith as Director of Central Intelligence. Ludwell Lee Montague CIA 2
115 Generation Kill Evan Wright Bustle
116 Getting to Know the President: CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-1992. John Helgerson CIA 2
117 Good Hunting Jack Devine and Vernon Loeb CIA 1
118 Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox. Willam B. Feis CIA 2
119 Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives José A. Rodríguez Jr. Goodreads
120 Harlot’s Ghost Norman Mailer Ranker
121 Honorable Men: My Life in the CIA William E. Colby with Peter Forbath CIA 1
122 Honorable Treachery: A History of Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA. G. J. A. O’Toole CIA 2
123 I Heard You Were Going on Jihad Mitchell Gray Goodreads
124 Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror. Michael Scheur CIA 2
125 In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir Wikipedia
126 Inside the Cia: Revealing the Secrets of the World’s Most Powerful Spy Agency Ronald Kessler Biostat
127 Inside the Company: CIA Diary Philip Agee Biostat
128 Inside the Jihad: My Life with Al Qaeda Omar Nasiri Goodreads
129 Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror Matthew M. Aid Goodreads
130 Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical Bibliography George Constantinides CIA 2
131 Intelligence in the War for Independence. David Robarge CIA 2
132 Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al-Qaeda Boston Globe
133 Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy. Mark M. Lowenthal CIA 2
134 Intentions and Capabilities: Estimates on Soviet Strategic Forces, 1950-1983. [PDF 43MB*] Donald P. Steury, ed. CIA 2
135 Ishmael Jones Wikipedia
136 Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Account the CIA’s Key Field Commander Goodreads
137 KGB, The Inside Story of its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev. Oleg Gordievsky and Christopher Andrew CIA 2
138 Kill Shot Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
139 Knowing Your Friends: Intelligence Inside Alliances and Coalitions from 1914 to the Cold War (Cass Series-Studies in Intelligence). Martin S. Alexander CIA 2
140 Lindsay Moran Wikipedia
141 Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby. John Prados CIA 2
142 Man Without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism’s Great Spymaster. Markus Wolf CIA 2
143 Mayday: Eisenhower, Khruschev and the U-2 Affair. Michael R. Beschloss CIA 2
144 Memorial Day Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
145 Mole. William Hood CIA 2
146 New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis: Shared Threats, Diverse Perspectives, New Communities Carol Dumaine and L. Sergio Germani (eds.) CIA 2
147 Official reports by the U.S. Government on the CIA Wikipedia
148 On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Documents on the Intelligence War in Berlin, 1946-1961. Donald P. Steury CIA 2
149 Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq. Mike Tucker and Charles “Sam” Faddis CIA 2
150 Our First Line of Defense, Presidential Reflections. Scott Koch and Brian D. Fila CIA 2
151 Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA Jefferson Morley Ranker
152 Partners At The Creation: The Men Behind Postwar Germany’s Defense and Intelligence Establishments. James H. Critchfield CIA 2
153 Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al Qaeda Brian Glyn Williams Goodreads
154 Presidents’ Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations from World War II Through the Persian Gulf John Prados Biostat
155 Protect and Defend Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
156 Psychology of Intelligence Analysis. Richards J. Heuer, Jr. CIA 2
157 Pursuit of Honor Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
158 Raiders of the China Coast: CIA Covert Operations During the Korean War (Special Warfare Series). Frank Holober CIA 2
159 Red Sparrow Jason Matthews Goodreads 2
160 Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs Richard M. Bissell, Jr. Ranker
161 Robert Baer Wikipedia
162 Secrecy and Democracy–The CIA in Transition. Stansfield Turner CIA 2
163 Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan Era Steven Emerson Biostat
164 Separation of Power Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
165 Shadow Warrior Felix Rodriguez Biostat
166 Sherman Kent and the Board of National Estimates: Collected Essays. Donald P. Steury, ed. CIA 2
167 Simple Genius David Baldacci Goodreads 2
168 Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS. Elizabeth P. McIntosh CIA 2
169 Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed. Ben R. Rich with Leo Janos CIA 2
170 Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy Elizabeth R. Varon CIA 2
171 Spy Book:The Encyclopedia of Espionage Norman Polmar CIA 2
172 Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB Officer Victor Cherkashin with Gregory Feifer CIA 2
173 Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America. David Wise CIA 2
174 Spymaster: My 32 years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West. Oleg Kalugin CIA 2
175 Spymasters: Ten CIA Officers in Their Own Words. Ralph Edward Weber, ed. CIA 2
176 Stalin’s Secret War: Soviet Counterintelligence Against the Nazis, 1941-1945. Robert W. Stephan CIA 2
177 Stalking the History of the Office of Strategic Services: An OSS Bibliography. Dan C. Pinck, Geoffrey M.T. Jones, and Charles T. Pinck CIA 2
178 Strategic Intelligence for American World Policy. Sherman Kent CIA 2
179 Strategic Intelligence: Windows Into a Secret World—An Anthology Loch Johnson and James Wirtz (eds.) CIA 2
180 Term Limits Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
181 Terrorism and Democracy Stansfield Turner CIA 2
182 The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Authorized Edition Thomas H. Kean, Chair CIA 2
183 The Agency and the Hill: CIA’s Relations with Congress, 1946-2004. Britt Snider CIA 2
184 The American Agent: My Life in the CIA. Richard L. Holm CIA 2
185 The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda Ali Soufan Bustle
186 The Black Tulip: A Novel of War in Afghanistan Milton Bearden Ranker
187 The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum Goodreads 2
188 The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government to 1950. Arthur Darling CIA 2
189 The Central Intelligence Agency: History and Documents. Loch K. Johnson CIA 2
190 The Central Intelligence Agency: History and Documents. William M. Leary, ed. CIA 2
191 The Central Intelligence Agency: Security under Scrutiny Athan Theoharis, Richard Immerman, Loch Johnson, Kathryn Olmsted, and John Prados CIA 2
192 The CIA and American Democracy Rhodri Jeffreys Biostat
193 The CIA And Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy David M. Barrett CIA 2
194 The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974. Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. Welzenbach CIA 2
195 The CIA At War: Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror. Ronald Kessler CIA 2
196 The CIA Under Harry Truman Michael Warner, ed. CIA 2
197 The CIA: Reality vs Myth–The Evolution of the Agency from Roosevelt to Reagan, Ray Cline CIA 2
198 The CIA’s Secret War in Tibet. Kenneth J. Conboy and James Morrison CIA 2
199 The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography. Simon Singh CIA 2
200 The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction: Report to the President of the United States The Honorable Laurence H. Silberman and The Honorable Charles S. Robb (co-chairmen). CIA 2
201 The Company Robert Littell Goodreads 2
202 The Craft of Intelligence. Allen Dulles CIA 2
203 The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA Boston Globe
204 The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters Frances Stonor Saunders Ranker
205 The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War. Thaddeus Holt CIA 2
206 The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government David Talbot Goodreads 2
207 The Encyclopedia of American Intelligence and Espionage G. J. A. O’Toole CIA 2
208 The Expats Chris Pavone Goodreads 2
209 The Faithful Spy Alex Berenson Goodreads 2
210 The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage. Robert Lindsey CIA 2
211 The Final Months of the War with Japan: Signals Intelligence, U.S. Invasion Planning, and the A-Bomb Decision. Douglas J. MacEachin CIA 2
212 The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage in the Age of Terrorism. Count de Alexandre Marenches CIA 2
213 The Future of American Intelligence Peter Berkowitz (ed.) CIA 2
214 The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage. Frederick P. Hitz CIA 2
215 The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISIS Michael Morell Goodreads
216 The Hit David Baldacci Goodreads 2
217 The Last Man Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
218 The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 Days Karen Greenberg Bustle
219 The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage and Intelligence Charles E. Lathrop CIA 2
220 The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGB Milt Bearden and James Risen CIA 2
221 The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America Hugh Wilford Ranker
222 The Night Watch: 25 Years of Peculiar Service. David Atlee Phillips CIA 2
223 The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency. Michael Warner CIA 2
224 The Pinochet File Wikipedia
225 The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia Wikipedia
226 The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America’s Most Secret Agency. James Bamford CIA 2
227 The Reader of Gentleman’s Mail: Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Codebreaking. David Kahn CIA 2
228 The Secret Agent Francine Mathews Ranker
229 The Secret War for the Union. Edwin C. Fishel CIA 2
230 The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Goodreads
231 The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America James Bamford Goodreads 2
232 The Spy Who Got Away: The Inside Story of Edward Lee Howard, the CIA Agent Who Betrayed His Country’s Secrets and Escaped to Moscow. David Wise CIA 2
233 The Spy Who Saved the World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War. Jerrold L. Schechter and Peter Deriabin CIA 2
234 The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB. Christopher Andrew and Vasili Mitrokhin CIA 2
235 The Third Option Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
236 The Twilight of Democracy. Patrick E. Kennon CIA 2
237 The U.S. Intelligence Community Jeffrey T. Richelson Biostat
238 the White House Goodreads 2
239 The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB Battle For the Third World Christopher Andrew and Vasli Mitrokhin CIA 2
240 They’ll Call It Treason Jordon Greene Goodreads
241 Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How To Be A Counterintelligence Officer William R. Johnson CIA 2
242 Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence. Alan Harris Bath CIA 2
243 Transfer of Power Vince Flynn Goodreads 2
244 Transforming Intelligence Jennifer Sims and Burton Gerber (eds.) CIA 2
245 Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him Peter Lance Goodreads
246 Ultimate Spy H. Keith Melton CIA 2
247 United States Intelligence: An Encyclopedia. Bruce W. Watson CIA 2
248 Visas for Al Qaedea: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World: An Insider’s View J. Michael Springmann Goodreads
249 War By Other Means: Economic Espionage in America. John J. Fialka CIA 2
250 War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir. Sam Adams CIA 2
251 Who’s Who in the CIA Wikipedia
252 Widow Spy Martha Peterson CIA 1
253 Wild Rose: Rose O’Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy. Ann Blackman CIA 2
254 Wolves At The Door : The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy Judith Pearson CIA 2
255 Women in the Resistance. Margaret Rossiter CIA 2


10 Best CSI Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Biostat Books on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Boston Globe 8 books about the CIA
Bustle 8 Books to Help You Understand the CIA Torture Report
CIA 1 Read More About the Intelligence Profession
CIA 2 Intelligence Literature: Suggested Reading List
Goodreads The CIA and the War on Terror
Goodreads 2 Popular Cia Books
Ranker The Best Books About the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The Washington Post Five Great Books About Spies and the CIA
Wikipedia Category:Books about the Central Intelligence Agency

 

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