The CIA and Congress

The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy

by David M. Barrett ’73, ’90Ph.D. (University Press of Kansas)


The politics of the Cold War come to life in this detailed and colorful history. Thanks to newly declassified documents, interviews with former officials and research at several archives, the author was able to construct an unprecedented perspective on the relationship between Congress and the CIA from the agency’s inception in 1947 to the planning of the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.

David M. Barrett is associate professor of political science at Villanova University and author of Lyndon B. Johnson’s Vietnam Papers and Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers.

(January 2006)