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Powers, Thomas 1940 December 12-

Works: 102 works in 268 publications in 4 languages and 10,475 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Biographies  Political fiction  Fiction  Quotations  Sources  Popular works  Trials, litigation, etc 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by Thomas Powers
The killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 2,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates the enigmatic Native American figure, assessing critical battles attributed to his leadership within the context of the Great Sioux Wars, exploring the relationships between the Lakota Sioux and other tribes, and analyzing the subjugation of North Plains Native Americans
The man who kept the secrets : Richard Helms & the CIA by Thomas Powers( Book )

33 editions published between 1979 and 1987 in 3 languages and held by 1,811 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Helms is the quintessential CIA man. For thirty years--from the very inception of the Central Intelligence Agency and before--he occupied pivotal positions in that shadowy world: OSS operator, spymaster, planner and plotter, and, finally, for more than six years, Agency director. No other man was so closely and personally involved, over so long a period, with so many CIA activities, successful and otherwise. His story is the story of the CIA, and in portraying Helms's extraordinary career Pulitzer Prize-winning author Thomas Powers has in fact written the first comprehensive inside history of the CIA itself. It is a history, moreover, that is entirely uncensored. While the information on which it is based has been drawn from intensive interviews with dozens of former key Agency officials, including Helms himself, as well as from exhaustive research through hundreds of published and unpublished sources, the author is not subject to the kind of legal restraints that have burdened others writing about the CIA. The result is a picture of the Agency more objective, more complete, and more revealing than any hitherto available. And because it is written with an eye for character and anecdote, it is as readable as it is important. Here, for example, is the full story of the long-running plot, first launched by Dwight Eisenhower and pressed by the Kennedys, to kill Fidel Castro; of the overthrow of the Arbenz government in Guatemala in 1954; of the disastrous and little-known CIA operation in Indonesia in the mid-1950s; of the Bay of Pigs adventure (including a persuasive revisionist analysis of why it was doomed); of CIA involvement in Vietnam and Laos; and the desperate attempts to change the course of Chilean politics. Here too are the personalities that created and shaped the CIA: Frank Wisner, one of Helms's executive predecessors, being treated for a nervous breakdown and warning a nurse, "I control thousands of goons!"; Allen Dulles telling his favorite story, about passing up (in favor of a tennis game) yet another boring interview with yet another fanatical Russian exile in Switzerland during World War I--and later finding out that it had been Lenin; the odd genius of Richard Bissell, who triumphantly created the U-2 high-level reconnaissance program--and then superintended the Bay of Pigs fiasco; James Angleton, the man who raised suspicion to an art form as counterintelligence chief; E. Howard Hunt (Helms's favorite spy novelist--he hated le Carré), the maverick undercover man, who, when asked by an old CIA colleague what he was doing in Nixon's White House, replied, "Well, you know, political work"--And many more. At the center of it all is Richard Helms, "the man who kept the secrets," who at the end of his long career found himself charged with perjury for doing what he conceived to be his job, lying to a Senate investigating committee. "It is said," writes Powers, "that men begin life with a tabula rasa; Helms ended it that way." Yet, as this book makes clear, the dilemma of Richard Helms is not his alone, but a conflict of principle in many ways inherent in the Agency itself, and in a society that insists on creating such an institution and then letting it go its way. With the publication of this book, we are at last in a position to see, to understand, and to judge the CIA.--Dust jacket
Heisenberg's war : the secret history of the German bomb by Thomas Powers( Book )

34 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and Chinese and held by 1,628 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the Most important - and controversial - aspects of the history of the Second World War is the failure of the Germans to build an atomic bomb. Germany was the birthplace of modern physics; it possessed the raw materials and the industrial base, and although many leading scientists fled from Hitler, it still commanded key intellectual resources. Yet at the end of the war the Germans had no bomb, and their nuclear research program was found to be negligible. What
Intelligence wars : American secret history from Hitler to al-Qaeda by Thomas Powers( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2004 in English and held by 989 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These essays about U.S. intelligence services, from Thomas Powers -- acknowledged secret intelligence authority and Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist -- trace a history of brilliant successes, ghastly failures, and gripping uncertainties. They range from the exploits of Wild Bill Donovan during World War II, to the CIA's elaborate cold war struggles with the KGB, to debates about the role of secret intelligence in the post-Cold War world. Here too are analyses of the Bay of Pigs fiasco and the Kennedy assassination, William Casey's years as CIA director under Ronald Reagan, the Aldrich Ames scandal, and such urgent contemporary issues as whether the CIA is up to the challenge of defending America against terrorism
The confirmation by Thomas Powers( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel about the power brokers in Washington D.C. revolves around a nominee for CIA director who is forced to confront a dangerous secret from this past. Among those caught up in the ordeal are an idealistic CIA analyst, an old bull of the Senate, an unprincipled investigative reporter, and two disgruntled war veterans
Diana: the making of a terrorist by Thomas Powers( Book )

8 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 623 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thinking about the next war by Thomas Powers( Book )

10 editions published between 1976 and 1983 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The war at home; Vietnam and the American people, 1964-1968 by Thomas Powers( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vietnam, the war at home : Vietnam and the American people, 1964-1968 by Thomas Powers( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers( Recording )

8 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An evenhanded, indispensable account of one of the most striking figures of American history and an essential re-creation of the army's subjugation of the North Plains tribes
Total war : what it is, how it got that way( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The military error : Baghdad and beyond in America's war of choice by Thomas Powers( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why did George W. Bush invade Iraq? Thomas Powers recounts in the essays collected here, how the administration cited faulty intelligence to argue that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a mounting threat. Since the invasion, as Powers makes clear, that intelligence has in every instance been exposed as unreliable, misinterpreted, "cherry-picked," exaggerated, or just fake, but it served its purpose: to frighten and intimidate Congress into voting for a war that President Bush had already decided to wage." "The real question remains: What were the central motives and the overarching policy aims behind Bush's refusal to settle for anything short of an American occupation of Iraq? Powers argues the Bush administration started wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and threatens one against Iran, because it has fundamentally shifted America's approach to international conflicts, relying on military action to achieve its goals rather than diplomacy, negotiation, and political pressure." "Beyond the now-familiar stories of nonexistent WMDs, The Military Error proposes a broader critical analysis of the administration's geopolitical agenda and its illusory confidence in the use of military force to defeat opponents and create friendly democratic governments. Such illusions, as we have learned at great cost, die hard. But we can only plan our future role in Iraq and Afghanistan - and think clearly about our options for dealing with Iran - by holding our leaders responsible for the errors that have already mired us in two wars with no end in sight."--Jacket
Balita Mula Maynila. (News from Manila) by Thomas Powers( Book )

3 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heisenbergs Krieg : die Geheimgeschichte der deutschen Atombombe by Thomas Powers( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in German and held by 61 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The confirmation by Thomas Powers( Recording )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the President nominates Frank Cabot as the next Director of Central Intelligence, everyone expects a routine confirmation hearing. But young CIA staffer, Brad Cameron uncovers a suppressed MIA report -- with a suspicious link to the nominee
Hai sen bao de zhan zheng by Bao er si( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in Chinese and English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om baggrunden for nazisternes mislykkede forsøg på at lave en atombombe, selv om de havde teknikken, og om Werner Heisenberg, den eneste af de store fysikere, der blev i Tyskland under nazisterne
Monument to Deceit by C. Michael Hiam( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It was an enigma of the Vietnam War: American troops kept killing the Viet Cong--and being killed in the process--and yet their ranks continued to grow. When CIA analyst Sam Adams uncovered documents suggesting a Viet Cong army more than twice as large as previously reckoned, another war erupted, this time within the ranks of America s intelligence community. Although originally clandestine, this conflict involving the highest levels of the U.S. government burst into public view during the acrimonious lawsuit Westmoreland v. CBS. The central issue in the suit, as in the war itself, was the calamitous failure of U.S. intelligence agencies to ascertain the strength of the Viet Cong and get that information to troops in a timely fashion. The legacy of this failure--whether caused by institutional inertia, misguided politics, or individual hubris--haunts our nation. In the era of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden, Sam Adams tireless crusade for honest intelligence resonates strongly today
Le Mystère Heisenberg : L'Allemagne nazie et la bombe atomique by Thomas Powers( Book )

3 editions published in 1993 in French and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La place de Heisenberg dans la recherche atomique sous le 3e Reich en Allemagne
CIA : d. Geschichte, d. Methoden, d. Komplotte ; e. Insider-Bericht by Thomas Powers( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in German and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The killing of Crazy Horse
Heisenberg's war : the secret history of the German bombIntelligence wars : American secret history from Hitler to al-QaedaThe confirmationThe killing of Crazy HorseThe military error : Baghdad and beyond in America's war of choice
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Powers, Thomas 1940 Dec. 12-

Thomas Powers American reporter

パワーズ, トマス

English (155)

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