IN THE REVIEW

Killers and Jokers

The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence

by Victor Marchetti and John D. Marks
In drafting impeachment articles the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives charged Nixon with “misuse of the CIA.” The more fundamental question was outside the scope of their inquiry: What is the proper use of the CIA? In the national security world Watergate has become a code word for …

Morality Play

Paradise Lost: The Decline of the Auto-Industrial Age

by Emma Rothschild
Emma Rothschild’s fascinating study of the “decline of the auto-industrial age” tells us more about the peculiar plans of the auto industry and how they have gone awry than any other account of America’s fading love affair with the car. One could write a social history of the United States …

Nixon’s Plan to Save the World

Open Secret: The Kissinger-Nixon Doctrine in Asia

edited by Virginia Brodine, edited by Mark Selden

War Without End: American Planning for the Next Vietnams

by Michael Klare
Richard Nixon once remarked that the nation did not really need a president to conduct its domestic business. And indeed, it is not as the man who cleaned the air, made the streets safe, balanced the budget, found enough jobs, or made Americans feel better about their country that Nixon …

The CIA’s New Cover

The Rope Dancer

by Victor Marchetti
In late November the Central Intelligence Agency conducted a series of “senior seminars” so that some of its important bureaucrats could consider its public image. I was invited to attend one session and to give my views on the proper role of the Agency. I suggested that its legitimate activities …

How Hanoi Sees Nixon

Five days after President Nixon’s November 3 speech I arrived in Hanoi for a series of discussions on the war, including a long interview with Premier Pham Van Dong. Several days after my return I met with the main Vietnam advisors of the US Government, including Henry Kissinger. After my …

The North Vietnamese in Paris I. The Impasse

Paris After five months of “official conversations,” US and North Vietnamese negotiators privately agree upon only one thing: If an end to the war comes, it will have very little to do with what is said here. Neither Averell Harriman nor Xuan Thuy is under any illusion that he can …