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“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.



 

#BookAuthorLists
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
16A Secret Life: The Polish Officer, His Covert Mission, and the Price He Paid to Save His CountryBenjamin WeiserCIA 1
CIA 2
17A Spy for All Seasons: My Life in the CIADuane R. Clarridge and Digby DiehlBiostat
CIA 2
18A Spy’s Journey: A CIA MemoirFloyd L. PasemanCIA 1
CIA 2
19Age of SecretsGerald BellettRanker
Wikipedia
20Battleground Berlin: CIA vs. KGB in the Cold WarDavid E. Murphy, Sergei A. Kondrashev, and George BaileyRanker
CIA 2
21CaseyJoseph E. PersicoCIA 2
CIA 1
22Cold Warrior: James Jesus Angleton: The CIA’s Master Spy Hunter.Tom MangoldGoodreads 2
CIA 2
23Eyeball to Eyeball: The Inside Story of the Cuban Missile CrisisDino A. BrugioniThe Washington Post
CIA 2
24For the President’s Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to BushChristopher AndrewCIA 2
CIA 1
25Gentleman Spy: The Life of Allen DullesPeter GroseCIA 1
CIA 2
26Inside Cia’s Private World: Declassified Articles from the Agency’s Internal Journal, 1955-1992H. Bradford WesterfieldBiostat
CIA 2
27Killing HopeWilliam BlumRanker
Wikipedia
28OverthrowStephen KinzerRanker
Wikipedia
29Safe for Democracy: The Secret Wars of the CIAJohn PradosCIA 1
CIA 2
30Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden History of America’s Space EspionagePhilip TaubmanCIA 1
CIA 2
31Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA’s Spytechs from Communism to al-QaedaRobert Wallace and H. Keith MeltonCIA 1
Goodreads 2
32State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush AdministrationJames RisenWikipedia
Goodreads 2
33The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA OperativesTed GupGoodreads 2
CIA 2
34The CIA and September 11Ranker
Wikipedia
35The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11Lawrence WrightBustle
Goodreads 2
36The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIAAntonio J. MendezGoodreads 2
CIA 2
37The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole who Infiltrated the CIAJoby WarrickGoodreads
Goodreads 2
38The Way of the WorldRon SuskindRanker
Wikipedia
39Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987Bob WoodwardBiostat
Goodreads 2
40Wedge: The Secret War Between the FBI and CIAMark RieblingBiostat
CIA 2
(Titles Appear On 1 List Each)
411000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI – The Untold StoryPeter LanceCIA 2
4250 Years of the U-2: The Complete Illustrated History of the “Dragon Lady”Chris PocockCIA 2
43A Life In Secrets: The Story of Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOESarah HelmCIA 2
44A Short Course in the Secret War.Christopher Felix [pseudonym for James McCarger]CIA 2
45A Wanted ManLee ChildGoodreads 2
46A World of Secrets: The Uses and Limits of Intelligence.Walter LaqueurCIA 2
47Acid DreamsWikipedia
48Act of TreasonVince FlynnGoodreads 2
49AdrenalineJeff AbbottGoodreads 2
50Al Qaeda in Europe: The New Battleground of International JihadLorenzo Vidino with a Foreword by Steven EmersonCIA 2
51All the Old KnivesOlen SteinhauerGoodreads 2
52All the Queen’s MenLinda HowardGoodreads 2
53America’s Secret Power: The CIA in a Democratic SocietyLoch JohnsonBiostat
54American AssassinVince FlynnGoodreads 2
55American Intelligence, 1775-1990: A Bibliographical GuideNeal H. PetersenCIA 2
56Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations.Roger Z. George and James B. Bruce, eds.CIA 2
57Archangel.David RobargeCIA 2
58Argo: How the CIA & Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in HistoryAntonio J. MendezGoodreads 2
59Assessing the Soviet Threat: The Early Cold War Years.Woodrow J. KuhnsCIA 2
60At Cold War’s End: U.S. Intelligence on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1989-1991.Ben B. FischerCIA 2
61Autobiography of a Spy.Mary BancroftCIA 2
62Best Truth: Intelligence in the Information AgeBruce D. Berkowitz and Allen E. GoodmanCIA 2
63Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War.P.K. RoseCIA 2
64Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary ArmyJeremy ScahillBustle
65Blind Man’s Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage.Sherry SontagCIA 2
66Blond GhostDavid CornBiostat
67Bloodmoney: A Novel of EspionageDavid IgnatiusGoodreads 2
68Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy and Other MisadventuresLindsay MoranRanker
69Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra Secret National Security Agency from the Cold War Through the Dawn of a New CenturyJames BamfordCIA 2
70Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret IntelligenceStansfield TurnerRanker
71Cast No Shadow: The Life of the American Spy Who Changed the Course of World War II.Mary S. LovellCIA 2
72Charlie Wilson’s War: The Extraordinary Story of How the Wildest Man in Congress and a Rogue CIA Agent Changed the History of Our TimesGeorge CrileGoodreads 2
73China Hands: Nine Decades of Adventure, Espionage and Diplomacy.James Lilley with Jeffrey LilleyCIA 2
74CIA and the Vietnam Policymakers: Three Episodes 1962-1968.Harold P. FordCIA 2
75CIA Life: 10,000 Days with the Agency.Tom GilliganCIA 2
76CIA Special Weapons and Equipment: Spy Devices of the Cold War.H. Keith MeltonCIA 2
77CIA SpymasterClarence AshleyCIA 2
78CIA Targets Fidel: Secret 1967 CIA Inspector General’s Report on Plots to Assassinate Fidel CastroBiostat
79CIA’s Analysis of the Soviet Union 1947-1991.Gerald K. Haines and Robert E. Leggett, eds.CIA 2
80CIA’s Secret Operations: Espionage, Counterespionage, and Covert Action.Harry A. RositzkeCIA 2
81Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He BetrayedSandra Grimes and Jeanne VertefeuilleCIA 1
82Clinton’s Secret Wars: The Evolution of a Commander in Chief.Richard SaleCIA 2
83Cloak and Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961.Robin WinksCIA 2
84Confessions of a Spy: The Real Story of Aldrich Ames.Pete EarleyCIA 2
85Consent to KillVince FlynnGoodreads 2
86CORONA: America’s First Satellite Program. [18.4MB*]Kevin Ruffner, ed.CIA 2
87Countercoup: The Struggle for the Control of Iran.Kermit RooseveltCIA 2
88CovertAction QuarterlyWikipedia
89Creating the Secret State: The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947David F. RudgersRanker
90Cries of the EagleMichael E. NathansonGoodreads
91Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a WarBob DroginRanker
92Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine ExplosionGary WebbGoodreads 2
93Deep Black: Space Espionage and National Security.William BurrowsCIA 2
94Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA from Iran-Contra to 9/11Melissa Boyle MahleCIA 2
95Directors of Central Intelligence as Leaders of the U.S. Intelligence Community — 1946-2005Douglas F. GarthoffCIA 2
96Dirty Tricks or Trump Cards: U.S. Covert Action and Counterintelligence.Roy GodsonCIA 2
97Donovan and the CIA: A History of the Establishment of the Central Intelligence Agency.Thomas F. TroyCIA 2
98Encyclopedia of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 2 volumesRodney P. Carlisle, (ed.)CIA 2
99Encyclopedia of the Central Intelligence AgencyWikipedia
100Enigma: The Battle for the Code.Hugh Sebag-MontefioreCIA 2
101Executive PowerVince FlynnGoodreads 2
102Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the PresidencyWilliam J. DaughertyCIA 2
103Extreme MeasuresVince FlynnGoodreads 2
104Eye in the Sky: The Story of the Corona Spy Satellites.Dwayne Day, John M. Logsdon, and Brian Latell, eds.,CIA 2
105Facing Reality: From World Federalism to the CIA.Cord MeyerCIA 2
106Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My BetrayalValerie Plame WilsonGoodreads 2
107Fair Play: The Moral Dilemmas of Spying.James OlsonCIA 2
108Feet to the Fire: CIA Covert Operations in Indonesia, 1957-1958.Kenneth J. ConboyCIA 2
109Female Intelligence: Women and Espionage in the First World War.Tammy M. ProctorCIA 2
110Fixing Hell: An Army Psychologist Confronts Abu GhraibCol. Larry C. JamesBustle
111Forecasting Terrorism: Indications of Proven Analytic TechniquesSundri KhalsaCIA 2
112Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services 1942-1945.Barry M. KatzCIA 2
113Foreign Relations of the United States, 1945-1950, Emergence of the Intelligence Establishment.United States Department of StateCIA 2
114General Walter Bedell Smith as Director of Central Intelligence.Ludwell Lee MontagueCIA 2
115Generation KillEvan WrightBustle
116Getting to Know the President: CIA Briefings of Presidential Candidates, 1952-1992.John HelgersonCIA 2
117Good HuntingJack Devine and Vernon LoebCIA 1
118Grant’s Secret Service: The Intelligence War from Belmont to Appomattox.Willam B. FeisCIA 2
119Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American LivesJosé A. Rodríguez Jr.Goodreads
120Harlot’s GhostNorman MailerRanker
121Honorable Men: My Life in the CIAWilliam E. Colby with Peter ForbathCIA 1
122Honorable Treachery: A History of Intelligence, Espionage, and Covert Action from the American Revolution to the CIA.G. J. A. O’TooleCIA 2
123I Heard You Were Going on JihadMitchell GrayGoodreads
124Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror.Michael ScheurCIA 2
125In My Time: A Personal and Political MemoirWikipedia
126Inside the Cia: Revealing the Secrets of the World’s Most Powerful Spy AgencyRonald KesslerBiostat
127Inside the Company: CIA DiaryPhilip AgeeBiostat
128Inside the Jihad: My Life with Al QaedaOmar NasiriGoodreads
129Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against TerrorMatthew M. AidGoodreads
130Intelligence and Espionage: An Analytical BibliographyGeorge ConstantinidesCIA 2
131Intelligence in the War for Independence.David RobargeCIA 2
132Intelligence Wars: American Secret History From Hitler to Al-QaedaBoston Globe
133Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy.Mark M. LowenthalCIA 2
134Intentions and Capabilities: Estimates on Soviet Strategic Forces, 1950-1983. [PDF 43MB*]Donald P. Steury, ed.CIA 2
135Ishmael JonesWikipedia
136Jawbreaker: The Attack on Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda: A Personal Accountthe CIA’s Key Field CommanderGoodreads
137KGB, The Inside Story of its Foreign Operations from Lenin to Gorbachev.Oleg Gordievsky and Christopher AndrewCIA 2
138Kill ShotVince FlynnGoodreads 2
139Knowing Your Friends: Intelligence Inside Alliances and Coalitions from 1914 to the Cold War (Cass Series-Studies in Intelligence).Martin S. AlexanderCIA 2
140Lindsay MoranWikipedia
141Lost Crusader: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby.John PradosCIA 2
142Man Without a Face: The Autobiography of Communism’s Great Spymaster.Markus WolfCIA 2
143Mayday: Eisenhower, Khruschev and the U-2 Affair.Michael R. BeschlossCIA 2
144Memorial DayVince FlynnGoodreads 2
145Mole.William HoodCIA 2
146New Frontiers of Intelligence Analysis: Shared Threats, Diverse Perspectives, New CommunitiesCarol Dumaine and L. Sergio Germani (eds.)CIA 2
147Official reports by the U.S. Government on the CIAWikipedia
148On the Front Lines of the Cold War: Documents on the Intelligence War in Berlin, 1946-1961.Donald P. SteuryCIA 2
149Operation Hotel California: The Clandestine War Inside Iraq.Mike Tucker and Charles “Sam” FaddisCIA 2
150Our First Line of Defense, Presidential Reflections.Scott Koch and Brian D. FilaCIA 2
151Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIAJefferson MorleyRanker
152Partners At The Creation: The Men Behind Postwar Germany’s Defense and Intelligence Establishments.James H. CritchfieldCIA 2
153Predators: The CIA’s Drone War on al QaedaBrian Glyn WilliamsGoodreads
154Presidents’ Secret Wars: CIA and Pentagon Covert Operations from World War II Through the Persian GulfJohn PradosBiostat
155Protect and DefendVince FlynnGoodreads 2
156Psychology of Intelligence Analysis.Richards J. Heuer, Jr.CIA 2
157Pursuit of HonorVince FlynnGoodreads 2
158Raiders of the China Coast: CIA Covert Operations During the Korean War (Special Warfare Series).Frank HoloberCIA 2
159Red SparrowJason MatthewsGoodreads 2
160Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of PigsRichard M. Bissell, Jr.Ranker
161Robert BaerWikipedia
162Secrecy and Democracy–The CIA in Transition.Stansfield TurnerCIA 2
163Secret Warriors: Inside the Covert Military Operations of the Reagan EraSteven EmersonBiostat
164Separation of PowerVince FlynnGoodreads 2
165Shadow WarriorFelix RodriguezBiostat
166Sherman Kent and the Board of National Estimates: Collected Essays.Donald P. Steury, ed.CIA 2
167Simple GeniusDavid BaldacciGoodreads 2
168Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS.Elizabeth P. McIntoshCIA 2
169Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed.Ben R. Rich with Leo JanosCIA 2
170Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the ConfederacyElizabeth R. VaronCIA 2
171Spy Book:The Encyclopedia of EspionageNorman PolmarCIA 2
172Spy Handler: Memoir of a KGB OfficerVictor Cherkashin with Gregory FeiferCIA 2
173Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert Hanssen Betrayed America.David WiseCIA 2
174Spymaster: My 32 years in Intelligence and Espionage Against the West.Oleg KaluginCIA 2
175Spymasters: Ten CIA Officers in Their Own Words.Ralph Edward Weber, ed.CIA 2
176Stalin’s Secret War: Soviet Counterintelligence Against the Nazis, 1941-1945.Robert W. StephanCIA 2
177Stalking the History of the Office of Strategic Services: An OSS Bibliography.Dan C. Pinck, Geoffrey M.T. Jones, and Charles T. PinckCIA 2
178Strategic Intelligence for American World Policy.Sherman KentCIA 2
179Strategic Intelligence: Windows Into a Secret World—An AnthologyLoch Johnson and James Wirtz (eds.)CIA 2
180Term LimitsVince FlynnGoodreads 2
181Terrorism and DemocracyStansfield TurnerCIA 2
182The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, Authorized EditionThomas H. Kean, ChairCIA 2
183The Agency and the Hill: CIA’s Relations with Congress, 1946-2004.Britt SniderCIA 2
184The American Agent: My Life in the CIA.Richard L. HolmCIA 2
185The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-QaedaAli SoufanBustle
186The Black Tulip: A Novel of War in AfghanistanMilton BeardenRanker
187The Bourne IdentityRobert LudlumGoodreads 2
188The Central Intelligence Agency: An Instrument of Government to 1950.Arthur DarlingCIA 2
189The Central Intelligence Agency: History and Documents.Loch K. JohnsonCIA 2
190The Central Intelligence Agency: History and Documents.William M. Leary, ed.CIA 2
191The Central Intelligence Agency: Security under ScrutinyAthan Theoharis, Richard Immerman, Loch Johnson, Kathryn Olmsted, and John PradosCIA 2
192The CIA and American DemocracyRhodri JeffreysBiostat
193The CIA And Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to KennedyDavid M. BarrettCIA 2
194The CIA and the U-2 Program, 1954-1974.Gregory W. Pedlow and Donald E. WelzenbachCIA 2
195The CIA At War: Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror.Ronald KesslerCIA 2
196The CIA Under Harry TrumanMichael Warner, ed.CIA 2
197The CIA: Reality vs Myth–The Evolution of the Agency from Roosevelt to Reagan,Ray ClineCIA 2
198The CIA’s Secret War in Tibet.Kenneth J. Conboy and James MorrisonCIA 2
199The Code Book: The Evolution of Secrecy from Mary, Queen of Scots to Quantum Cryptography.Simon SinghCIA 2
200The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction: Report to the President of the United StatesThe Honorable Laurence H. Silberman and The Honorable Charles S. Robb (co-chairmen).CIA 2
201The CompanyRobert LittellGoodreads 2
202The Craft of Intelligence.Allen DullesCIA 2
203The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIABoston Globe
204The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and LettersFrances Stonor SaundersRanker
205The Deceivers: Allied Military Deception in the Second World War.Thaddeus HoltCIA 2
206The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret GovernmentDavid TalbotGoodreads 2
207The Encyclopedia of American Intelligence and EspionageG. J. A. O’TooleCIA 2
208The ExpatsChris PavoneGoodreads 2
209The Faithful SpyAlex BerensonGoodreads 2
210The Falcon and the Snowman: A True Story of Friendship and Espionage.Robert LindseyCIA 2
211The Final Months of the War with Japan: Signals Intelligence, U.S. Invasion Planning, and the A-Bomb Decision.Douglas J. MacEachinCIA 2
212The Fourth World War: Diplomacy and Espionage in the Age of Terrorism.Count de Alexandre MarenchesCIA 2
213The Future of American IntelligencePeter Berkowitz (ed.)CIA 2
214The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage.Frederick P. HitzCIA 2
215The Great War of Our Time: The CIA’s Fight Against Terrorism–From al Qa’ida to ISISMichael MorellGoodreads
216The HitDavid BaldacciGoodreads 2
217The Last ManVince FlynnGoodreads 2
218The Least Worst Place: Guantanamo’s First 100 DaysKaren GreenbergBustle
219The Literary Spy: The Ultimate Source for Quotations on Espionage and IntelligenceCharles E. LathropCIA 2
220The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Final Showdown with the KGBMilt Bearden and James RisenCIA 2
221The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played AmericaHugh WilfordRanker
222The Night Watch: 25 Years of Peculiar Service.David Atlee PhillipsCIA 2
223The Office of Strategic Services: America’s First Intelligence Agency.Michael WarnerCIA 2
224The Pinochet FileWikipedia
225The Politics of Heroin in Southeast AsiaWikipedia
226The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America’s Most Secret Agency.James BamfordCIA 2
227The Reader of Gentleman’s Mail: Herbert O. Yardley and the Birth of American Codebreaking.David KahnCIA 2
228The Secret AgentFrancine MathewsRanker
229The Secret War for the Union.Edwin C. FishelCIA 2
230The Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation ProgramSenate Select Committee on IntelligenceGoodreads
231The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on AmericaJames BamfordGoodreads 2
232The 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 WiseCIA 2
233The Spy Who Saved the World: How a Soviet Colonel Changed the Course of the Cold War.Jerrold L. Schechter and Peter DeriabinCIA 2
234The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB.Christopher Andrew and Vasili MitrokhinCIA 2
235The Third OptionVince FlynnGoodreads 2
236The Twilight of Democracy.Patrick E. KennonCIA 2
237The U.S. Intelligence CommunityJeffrey T. RichelsonBiostat
238the White HouseGoodreads 2
239The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB Battle For the Third WorldChristopher Andrew and Vasli MitrokhinCIA 2
240They’ll Call It TreasonJordon GreeneGoodreads
241Thwarting Enemies at Home and Abroad: How To Be A Counterintelligence OfficerWilliam R. JohnsonCIA 2
242Tracking the Axis Enemy: The Triumph of Anglo-American Naval Intelligence.Alan Harris BathCIA 2
243Transfer of PowerVince FlynnGoodreads 2
244Transforming IntelligenceJennifer Sims and Burton Gerber (eds.)CIA 2
245Triple Cross: How bin Laden’s Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI–and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop HimPeter LanceGoodreads
246Ultimate SpyH. Keith MeltonCIA 2
247United States Intelligence: An Encyclopedia.Bruce W. WatsonCIA 2
248Visas for Al Qaedea: CIA Handouts That Rocked The World: An Insider’s ViewJ. Michael SpringmannGoodreads
249War By Other Means: Economic Espionage in America.John J. FialkaCIA 2
250War of Numbers: An Intelligence Memoir.Sam AdamsCIA 2
251Who’s Who in the CIAWikipedia
252Widow SpyMartha PetersonCIA 1
253Wild Rose: Rose O’Neale Greenhow, Civil War Spy.Ann BlackmanCIA 2
254Wolves At The Door : The True Story of America’s Greatest Female SpyJudith PearsonCIA 2
255Women in the Resistance.Margaret RossiterCIA 2


10 Best CSI Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
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