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An incomplete history of the CIA

How the CIA's daily presidential briefings have shaped history over the past 75 years is recounted in Current Intelligence, although with some notable events missing from the narrative

Book cover

Ashis Ray
Author: David Charlwood 
Publisher: The History Press
Pages: 270
Price: £20

Current Intelligence by David Charlwood offers a portrayal of how the United States’ external espionage wing the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA’s) top secret presidential briefings shaped history over the past 75 years.

The catalogue covers successes and failures. But there is conspicuously no reference to the CIA’s role in the US’s close ally Pakistan’s momentous defeat to India in surrendering East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, in 1971.

But a segment is linked to India’s neighbourhood, namely Afghanistan. In 2001, President George W Bush was not completely in the dark about 9/11. On

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First Published: Mar 27 2023 | 8:48 PM IST

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