The Best Books About the CIA

This list of best books about the CIA includes many notable books, from novels telling the history of covert operations to memoirs by former CIA Directors and other company men. Sorted by popularity, the highest rated books about the Central Intelligence Agency are at the top of the list and include a range of authors that have backgrounds in secret agencies or as investigative reporters. This well-researched Central Intelligence Agency bibliography includes both out-of-print titles and new CIA books and generally contains the most popular, famous, or otherwise notable books about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) both true and fictional.

If you're looking for a list of top books on the CIA then you're in the right place. If you are searching for CIA fiction novels, the best secret agent books, books on CIA history, and the best books on intelligence agencies, you'll find answers here. If you want to read an ex CIA agent book, there are several CIA history books that are written by operatives and people who were in the know about covert ops, black ops, and secret survellance, such as See No Evil by former CIA case officer Robert Baer, At the Center of the Storm by former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency George Tenet, or Facts and Fears, by former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper.

This CIA reading list includes more books such as  Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters and more books. You should be able to answer the question, "What are the best books about the CIA?" after checking out this list.

Which authors have written books about Central Intelligence Agency? Norman Mailer and William Blum both have, as well as many other great authors.

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    • First Published: 1997
    • Subjects: CIA
    • Genres (Book): Autobiography

    A Spy for All Seasons: My Life in the CIA is an espionage true account novel from Duane R. Claridge. This book follows Clarridge on his trajectory through the CIA and his alleged involvement in the Iran-contra affair.

    • First Published: 2003-04
    • Subjects: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Richard Helms
    • Genres (Book): Non-fiction
    A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency is a book by Richard Helms and William Hood.
  • Age of Secrets: The Conspiracy that Toppled Richard Nixon and the Hidden Death of Howard Hughes is a biography on Howard Hughes personal advisor, and former U.S. Senate Candidate, John H. Meier and ...more
    • First Published: 2000
    • Subjects: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • Genres (Book): Non-fiction
    Creating the Secret State: The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947 is a book by David F. Rudgers.
    • First Published: 1974-06-12
    • Subjects: Cold War, Espionage, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • Genres (Book): Non-fiction
    The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence is a 1974 controversial non-fiction political book written by Victor Marchetti, a former special assistant to the Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence ...more
  • Killing Hope
    William Blum
    8 votes
    • First Published: 2003
    • Subjects: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
    • Genres (Book): History
    Killing Hope: U.S. Military and C.I.A. Interventions since World War II is a history book on covert CIA operations and United States military interventions during the second half of the 20th century. ...more