The Cloak and Dollar War

STEWART, Gordon Neil. The Cloak and Dollar War.

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STEWART, Gordon Neil. The Cloak and Dollar War. London, Lawrence and Wishart Ltd., 1953.

Small 8vo. Original illustrated wrappers, wire-stitched; pp. 72; wrappers a little marked, oxidization to wire-stitching, otherwise very good.
Very rare first edition of the first book on the CIA, a 'revelatory text' (Richard J. Aldrich, CIA History as a Cold War Battleground. The Forgotten First Wave of Agency Narratives). Gordon Neil Stewart, of Australian descent, moved as a writer and journalist in radical circles in Britain. Stewart gives a well-informed account of US Cold War activities, such as sabotage, assassination, and espionage, with West Berlin as the main hub. 'In the old days subversion was, so to speak, a side-line of international relations. But today, as far as the United States is concerned, subversion, espionage and sabotage is the main activities in relation with other countries' (p. 69). - British deposit libraries accessioned the book at the time, but it is not well represented in other libraries, and it does not appear on the market. Censored?