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The Best Books About the CIA  

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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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A Look Over My Shoulder: A Lif... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
William Hood, Richard Helms
A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency is a book by Richard Helms and William Hood.
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The CIA and the Cult of Intell... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
John D. Marks
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
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Creating the Secret State: The... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
David F. Rudgers
Creating the Secret State: The Origins of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1943-1947 is a book by David F. Rudgers.
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Age of Secrets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
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 ...more
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See No Evil: The True Story of... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Robert Baer
See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War Against Terrorism is a 2003 memoir by Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer in the Directorate of Operations. Baer begins with ...more
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Killing Hope is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
William Blum
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 ...more
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All the Shah's Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Stephen Kinzer
All the Shah's Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror is a book written by American journalist Stephen Kinzer. The book discusses the 1953 Iranian coup d'état backed by ...more
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The Secret Agent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Francine Mathews
The Secret Agent is a book by Francine Mathews.
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Burn Before Reading: President... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Stansfield Turner
Burn Before Reading: Presidents, CIA Directors, and Secret Intelligence is a book by Stansfield Turner.
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Overthrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Stephen Kinzer
Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change is a book published in 2006 by New York Times foreign correspondent and author Stephen Kinzer about the United States's involvement in the overthrow ...more
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Curveball: Spies, Lies, and th... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Bob Drogin
Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War is a book by Bob Drogin.
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Harlot's Ghost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Norman Mailer
Harlot's Ghost, a fictional chronicle of the Central Intelligence Agency by Norman Mailer. The characters are a mixture of real people and fictional figures.
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The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Hugh Wilford
The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America is a book by Hugh Wilford.
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Blowing My Cover: My Life as a... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Lindsay Moran
Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy and Other Misadventures is a book by Lindsay Moran.
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The Cultural Cold War: The CIA... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Frances Stonor Saunders
The Cultural Cold War: The CIA and the World of Arts and Letters is a book by Frances Stonor Saunders.
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From the Shadows: The Ultimate... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Robert Gates
From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War is a book by Robert M. Gates.
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Our Man in Mexico: Winston Sco... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Jefferson Morley
Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA is a book by Jefferson Morley.
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Reflections of a Cold Warrior:... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Richard M. Bissell, Jr.
Reflections of a Cold Warrior: From Yalta to the Bay of Pigs is a book by Richard M. Bissell, Jr.
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The CIA and September 11 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
The CIA and September 11 is a controversial 2003 non-fiction book by Andreas von Bülow, a former state-secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Defence and an SPD member of the German ...more
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From the Company of Shadows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
JoelM added Kevin Michael Shipp

From the Company of Shadows is a book by Kevin Michael Shipp. Read firsthand accounts of fascinating events inside the CIA and learn how the CIA conducts operations, recruits agents and protects defectors from assassination.

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The Way of the World is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Ron Suskind
The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism is a 2008 non-fiction book by Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, describing various actions and policies of the ...more
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A Spy for All Seasons: My Life... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Hugo Brown added Duane R. Claridge

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.

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The Billion Dollar Spy: A True... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
David E. Hoffman

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal is a novel by David E. Hoffman. Drawing on previously classified CIA documents and on interviews with firsthand participants, it tells the story of Adolf Tolkachev, one of the most valuable spies ever for the US.

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Mary's Mosaic is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Peter Janney

Mary's Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace is a book by Peter Janney. The book explores the murder of Mary Pinchot Meyer and her connection to President Kennedy.

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Spy Secrets That Can Save Your... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Books About the CIA
Jason Hanson

Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected is a book by former CIA officer Jason Hanson. The book details techniques from escaping handcuffs to improvising a self-defense weapon and honing "positive awareness" for defense and prevention.