America's Secret Army: The Untold Story of the Counter Intelligence Corps - Ian Sayer & Douglas BottingLondon, Glasgow, Toronto, Sydney & Auckland: Grafton Books, 1989, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; List of sources; Glossary;
From the cover: “In 1983 the Klaus Barbie affair brought to light the existence of a hitherto highly secret organization — the American Counter Intelligence Corps. Now — for the first time — the full story behind the cloak-and-dagger operations of the CIC is revealed by the bestselling authors of Nazi Gold, who have gained exclusive access to the CIC’s archives and former agents.
The CIC recruited Barbie as a full-time salaried informant in its days as a shadowy organization in the front line of the Cold War. During the Second World War it served as the US Army’s first line of defence against enemy espionage, sabotage and subversion in more than 60 countries, and in the early postwar years (before the CIA came into being) it was America’s only functioning overt intelligence agency.
Known as ‘G-men in khaki’, the CIC’s special agents were the spycatchers of their day — an elite corps which included, at one time, both Henry Kissinger and J. D. Salinger. During the war they acted as gumshoes with bayonets among the first-wave assault troops in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Italy; as surveillance operatives in Iceland, Alaska, Panama, the Middle East and Africa; as security officers on the secret ‘Manhattan’ atom bomb project and during the preparations for D-Day; and as anti-sabotage experts operating in the Far East and against Otto Skorzeny’s special operations commando during the Battle of the Bulge.
The CIC’s post-war duties included the dismantling of Japanese intelligence and the hunting-down of Nazi war criminals in Germany. They were pioneers in the covert battle against Soviet espionage, and even ran their own spy networks behind the Iron Curtain. Their adventures and personalities have long needed to be chronicled; this book is an exciting, authoritative and action-packed account of the whole range of their clandestine activities.”