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The Resource Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain, Albert Lulushi

Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain, Albert Lulushi

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Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain
Title
Operation Valuable Fiend
Title remainder
the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain
Statement of responsibility
Albert Lulushi
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In 1949, a newly minted branch of the CIA (the precursor of today's national clandestine service), flush with money and burning with determination to roll back the Iron Curtain, embarked on the first paramilitary operation in the history of the agency. They hatched an elaborate plan, coordinated with the British Secret Intelligence Service, to foment popular rebellion and detach Albania, the weakest of the Soviet satellites in Europe, from Moscow's orbit. The operation resulted in dismal failure and was shut down by 1954. In Operation Valuable Fiend, Albert Lulushi gives the first full accounting of this CIA action, based on hundreds of declassified documents, memoirs, and recollections of key participants, including Albanian exiles recruited for missions and their Communist opponents. Up till now, the story of the operation has been obfuscated and even distorted. Some blamed the Soviet mole Kim Philby for sabotaging it; the communists credited the prowess of their secret police; and CIA memoirs were heavily sanitized. Lulushi documents a range of factors that led to the failure, from inexperienced CIA case officers outsmarted in spy-vs-spy games by their ruthless Stalinist opponents; to rivalries between branches of the CIA and between the agency and friendly intelligence services; and conflicts among anti-Communist factions that included Albania's colorful exiled leader, King Zog. The book also shows how this operation served as the proving ground for techniques used in later CIA Cold War paramilitary actions-involving some of the same agency operatives-including the coup d'e;tats in Iran and Guatemala and the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba"--
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contains biographical information
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DLC
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain, Albert Lulushi
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Acronyms -- Cryptonyms and Pseudonyms -- Note on the Pronunciation of Albanian Names -- Prologue -- The Office of Policy Coordination -- Albania between 1912 and 1949 -- Genesis of Operation Fiend -- The National Committee for Free Albania -- Philby in Washington -- First Infiltrations of 1949 -- Reevaluation of Project Fiend -- Labor Services Company 4000 -- Odyssey of the First CIA Paramilitary Team -- Philby's Exit -- Propaganda and Psychological and Economic Warfare -- Adverse Developments in the Infiltration Program -- A Bucket of Diamonds and Rubies -- A Rich Harvest of Bitter Fruit -- King Zog Overstays His Time in Egypt -- Planning the Fondest Dream -- The American Backers Are Obliged to Withdraw -- Lessons and Legacy of Project Fiend -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
326 p.
Isbn
9781628723229
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014004159
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)876900674
  • (OCoLC)ocn876900674
  • 655050
Label
Operation Valuable Fiend : the CIA's first paramilitary strike against the Iron Curtain, Albert Lulushi
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Acronyms -- Cryptonyms and Pseudonyms -- Note on the Pronunciation of Albanian Names -- Prologue -- The Office of Policy Coordination -- Albania between 1912 and 1949 -- Genesis of Operation Fiend -- The National Committee for Free Albania -- Philby in Washington -- First Infiltrations of 1949 -- Reevaluation of Project Fiend -- Labor Services Company 4000 -- Odyssey of the First CIA Paramilitary Team -- Philby's Exit -- Propaganda and Psychological and Economic Warfare -- Adverse Developments in the Infiltration Program -- A Bucket of Diamonds and Rubies -- A Rich Harvest of Bitter Fruit -- King Zog Overstays His Time in Egypt -- Planning the Fondest Dream -- The American Backers Are Obliged to Withdraw -- Lessons and Legacy of Project Fiend -- Epilogue
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
326 p.
Isbn
9781628723229
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014004159
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)876900674
  • (OCoLC)ocn876900674
  • 655050

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