The Secret History of the CIA, by Joseph J Trento: a Book review...

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Book Review: The Secret History of the CIA, by Joseph J Trento

 Background observations: Since I was of reading age, I have always been intrigued with and kept up with news about US, Soviet, British, German and Israeli Spies. I tried to keep up with the news stories as they were getting exposed, died of mysterious circumstances or died in general …

Lately I have been extremely busy with buyers and sellers in the greater Los Angeles area, so my book reading has taken a back seat. I have consciously decided that if something must give reading or blogging I placed reading on the backburner. Then I looked around and saw all my books that needed reading, and reorganized my priorities.

So, with that said,” The Secret History of the CIA” was calling me. The cast of characters were all too familiar to me. It took me a long time to read the book, not just, because of my other obligations, but due to needing to take a pause of the incompetence, the good intentions gone wrong discoveries this book exposed. I was amazed at the access Joe Trento had to the names mentioned in this book.

I found it a bit ironic that he had such a great grasp of the history of the Cold War, the CIA as well as the FBI. If you want to find out how these agencies i.e.: the CIA and the FBI could not see the forest from the trees i.e.: the big picture, then it is a must-read book for you as well. This book sheds light as to why and how these leaders could not see through all the Double Agents like Igor Orlov, George Weisz, Kim Philby and the rest of the cast. Why the CIA and the FBI lacked the same insight. Was it because of they were misguided and arrogant or some other reason?

It addresses many factors, such as how hardworking, dedicated and patriotic people were sacrificed not just career wise, but many lost their lives due to these people’s lack of understanding or caring attitudes.

As the new batch of secret documents of the President Kennedy assassination are being released and some still held back it adds a new relevance to this book…

If you want to get a better understanding of these agencies, then do take the time and read this book.

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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


A nice review, and from your description well worth reading.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend and more time for you to read. A

Oct 28, 2017 02:06 PM #1
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good afternoon Endre Barath, Jr. 

Thank you for sharing your information with us.

Have a great day 10/28/2017

Oct 28, 2017 02:31 PM #2
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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I would imagine the problems with the FBI and CIA are the same that plague any corporation, bureaucratic red tape, the Peter Principle, egos, backstabbing, incompetence, the Bell Curve, all of that stuff that goes on in companies around the world. Some of the major companies I've worked for in my life left me dumbfounded that they could stay in business with the way they operate behind the scenes.

Oct 28, 2017 02:56 PM #3
George Souto
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Endre sounds like "The Secret History Of The CIA" would be a book I would enjoy reading as well

Oct 28, 2017 03:14 PM #4
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Hi Endre, thank you for the book review. The big question is, have these agencies learned from their mistakes? 

Oct 28, 2017 03:17 PM #5
Michelle Carr Crowe,Altas Just Call...408-252-8900!
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Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Endre, it  sounds like "The Secret History Of The CIA" is a book worth reading. 

Oct 28, 2017 03:18 PM #6
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Endre- now this one sounds like a book I would enjoy. The problem with all organizations is that people are involved, and let's face it...people are flawed.

Oct 28, 2017 04:19 PM #7
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, "The Secret History of the CIA" sounds so intriguing, Endre! I too, love spy stories - and the 'real' ones, not the fictional ones!

I have found that if I'm not getting my reading 'fix,' I spend enough time in my car that I can listen to a book on tape to satisfy that fix to some degree. It's better than missing reading altogether when we're slammed!

Have a wonderful weekend, Endre!

Oct 28, 2017 10:20 PM #8
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Sounds like a great book Endre Barath, Jr. I have been cooking and intrigued by the new YouTube feature on my cable TV which made it easy to make an awesome Banana Banana Bread -- I will post the recipe it turned out awesome -by the way look forward to reading this book

Oct 29, 2017 10:29 AM #9
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 This book is right my ally. On our trips to London who have done various spy walks. We have even had some private ones that I believe is my some one very close to the business. Very interesting indeed.

Oct 29, 2017 12:26 PM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Endre Barath, Jr. 

I'm sure there are a lot of secrets and lies in every government. It does take time to read something like this. Sometimes the words we read are like bullets going off in air and we just have to stop and take cover, do something else, then go back and read some more at a later time. 

Nov 04, 2017 07:48 PM #11
Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
Richmond, TX


 I stopped back by because I wanted to take a pic. I am getting this for a friend for a Christmas present and I am going to get one for me. This is my kind of book!

Nov 12, 2017 02:44 PM #12
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