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Prados, John

Works: 85 works in 295 publications in 3 languages and 18,766 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Conference papers and proceedings  Personal narratives 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Illustrator
Classifications: JK468.I6, 959.7043373
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by John Prados
Presidents' secret wars : CIA and Pentagon covert operations since World War II by John Prados( Book )

28 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and German and held by 1,716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides an analysis of postwar covert activities by United States intelligence agencies, documenting the early days of the CIA and its operations
Vietnam : the history of an unwinnable war, 1945-1975 by John Prados( Book )

16 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Vietnam war continues to be the focus of intense controversy. While most people, liberals, conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, historians, pundits, and citizens alike, agree that the United States did not win the war, a vocal minority argue the opposite or debate why victory never came, attributing the quagmire to everything from domestic politics to the press. The military never lost a battle; how then did it not win the war? Stepping back from this overheated fray and drawing upon several decades of research the author takes a fresh look at both the war and the debates about it to produce a reassessment of one of our nation's most tragic episodes. He weaves together multiple perspectives across an epic-sized canvas where domestic politics, ideologies, nations, and militaries all collide. He patiently pieces back together the events and moments, from the end of World War II until our dispiriting departure from Vietnam in 1975, that reveal a war that now appears to have been truly unwinnable due to opportunities lost, missed, ignored, or refused. He shows how, from the Truman through the Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations, American leaders consistently ignored or misunderstood the realities in Southeast Asia and passed up every opportunity to avoid war in the first place or avoid becoming ever more mired in it after it began. Highlighting especially Eisenhower's seminal and long-lasting influence on our Vietnam policy, he demonstrates how and why our range of choices narrowed with each passing year, while our decision making continued to be distorted by Cold War politics and fundamental misperceptions about the culture, psychology, goals, and abilities of both our enemies and our allies in Vietnam
The hidden history of the Vietnam War by John Prados( Book )

12 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 1,162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Hidden History of the Vietnam War, Mr. Prados revisits the conflict by taking the reader behind conventional histories. Drawing from a broad range of sources and using new evidence, he focuses on key strategies, events, and personalities in the struggle. In narratives and vignettes that display his impressive command of facts and analysis, he sheds new light on the issues and punctures the popular mythologies of the war. The book explores the mysteries of the Tonkin Gulf, evaluates the quality of intelligence before Tet, profiles the influence of the Buddhists in the politics of South Vietnam, investigates the war of numbers over body counts, analyzes the failure of large-unit war, assesses the performance of air power - in short, Mr. Prados deals with virtually every major issue of the war, bringing to the discussion a fresh perspective. But he also breaks new ground in telling the story of the first American prisoners-of-war in Vietnam; reinterprets the role of Lyndon Johnson; furnishes the best account to date of communications intelligence in the war; describes the social characteristics of the South Vietnamese military in a way not seen before; and defines the religious and political conflicts that hindered the Vietnamese military effort. He provides the first detailed accounts of the 1972 crisis over the mining of Haiphong Harbor and of the Nixon administration's effort to destroy American veterans groups that opposed the war
The blood road : the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam War by John Prados( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 1,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Records all sides of the story, from the trials of Vietnamese soldiers in the wild, to the heroism of Americans trying to save their buddies against impossible odds, to the desperation of antiwar activists who feared that a conflict out of control spelled doom for a great nation, to the machinations of diplomats and generals scheming to get their way. This book is the tale of a fulcrum that turned the balance in the Vietnam War. - John Prados (back cover)
Safe for democracy : the secret wars of the CIA by John Prados( Book )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Safe for Democracy not only relates the inside stories of covert operations but examines in meticulous detail the efforts of presidents and Congress to control the CIA and the specific choices made in the agency's secret wars. Along the way Mr. Prados offers radically revised interpretations of classic operations like Iran, Guatemala, Chile, and the Bay of Pigs; accounts of lesser-known projects like Tibet and Angola; and virtually unknown tales of the CIA in Guyana and Ghana. He supplies full details of Reagan-era operations in Nicaragua and Afghanistan, and brings the story up to date with accounts of more recent activities in Somalia, Bosnia, and Iraq, all the while keeping American foreign policy goals in view."--Jacket
Keepers of the keys : a history of the National Security Council from Truman to Bush by John Prados( Book )

9 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,023 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true story of how the National Security Council was transformed from a small advisory board under Truman, virtually to supplant the State Department under Nixon, and then to conduct covert, illegal operations under Ronald Reagan
The Soviet estimate : U.S. intelligence analysis & Russian military strength by John Prados( Book )

18 editions published between 1982 and 1986 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inside the Pentagon papers( Book )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 884 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The issues raised by the Pentagon Papers--presidential power, the role of the courts and the press, government secrecy--are all still with us. And this book throws fresh and important light on those issues."--Back cover
Combined fleet decoded : the secret history of American intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II by John Prados( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combined Fleet Decoded offers a profoundly new perspective on the naval war in the Pacific during World War II, examining every aspect of the secret war of intelligence - from radio dispatches and espionage to vital information obtained from prisoners, document translation, and even deepsea divers' recoveries of critical material from wrecks at the bottom of the sea. John Prados's text covers both the Allies and the Japanese and relates the growing intelligence knowledge to the progress and outcome of Pacific naval actions. Combined Fleet Decoded also tells the stories of many of the key individuals whose personalities and conflicts shaped the secret intelligence war - including intelligence officers in the Imperial Japanese Navy
Valley of decision : the siege of Khe Sanh by John Prados( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Complete history of pivotal battle of the Vietnam War, the Siege of Khe Sanh
America confronts terrorism : understanding the danger and how to think about it : a documentary record( Book )

7 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Here is an urgent book about the overwhelming challenge that faces the United States today in its twilight struggle with terrorist groups throughout the world. John Prados, one of our foremost authorities in national and international security affairs, has collected the most informative and provocative documents and writings about the terrorist threat. Drawing on materials from congressional investigations, the reports of the State and Defense departments, executive orders dealing with intelligence activities, other government documents, and articles by accomplished analysts, Mr. Prados lays out the essential characteristics of terrorist groups throughout the world. He shows how their expertise has evolved along with our perception of their activities. In articles from a wide range of sources, he presents the thinking of experts in the field on strategy, tactics, technology, and the development of effective American policies of counter-terrorism. In his Introduction, Mr. Prados offers an historical perspective as well as a compelling forecast of what the nation is likely to face in the years immediately ahead. In a new kind of war where old approaches are not likely to be effective, America Confronts Terrorism offers an intelligent perspective on our situation. It will be an indispensable resource for general readers
Lost crusader : the secret wars of CIA director William Colby by John Prados( Book )

12 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of one of the nation's most controversial CIA directors looks back on a life spent fighting Communism, from his salad days in the OSS to his involvement in the Phoenix program in Vietnam and the Indonesian coup of 1965
How the Cold War ended : debating and doing history by John Prados( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cold War continues to shape international relations almost twenty years after being acknowledged as the central event of the last half of the twentieth century. Interpretations of how it ended thus remain crucial to an accurate understanding of global events and foreign policy. The reasons for the Cold War's conclusion, and the timing of its ending, are disputed to this day. In this concise introduction to the Cold War and its enduring legacy, John Prados recognizes the debate between those who argue the United States was the key player in bringing it to a close and those who maintain that American actions were secondary factors. Like a crime scene investigator meticulously dissecting evidence, he applies a succession of different methods of historical analysis to illuminate the key cataclysmic events of the 1980s and early 1990s from a range of perspectives. He also incorporates evidence from European and Soviet intelligence sources into the study. The result is a stunning narrative that redefines the era, embraces debate, and deconstructs history, providing a coherent explanation for the upheavals that ended the conflict. How the Cold War Ended also provides an in-depth guide to conducting historical inquiries: how to choose a subject, how to frame a narrative, and how to conduct research and draw conclusions. Prados does this for a variety of methods of historical analysis, furnishing a how-to guide for "doing history" even as it explores a crucial case study. - Publisher
The White House tapes : eavesdropping on the President by John Prados( Recording )

8 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 555 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains complete transcripts of recorded phone conversations by presidents as they shaped historic events of the 20th century. Includes historical prefaces to each conversation offering context and identifying participants, and an extended introduction by John Prados telling the complete story of presidential recordings
In country : remembering the Vietnam War( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Too often the ordeals of participants on both sides of the Vietnam War have been interpreted by others--journalists, historians, even generals. In an invaluable corrective, John Prados, one of our leading interpreters of the Vietnam War, opens a window into the visceral firsthand experiences of those on the ground in Vietnam. His carefully chosen and thoughtfully introduced anthology gathers the voices--in narrative and poetry--of men and women; Americans and Vietnamese (both of the North and South); officers and enlisted men. All of the selections feature individuals' experiences of war or witnessing specific events, and the realities of being caught up in them, Bridging the chasm between history and memory, together they offer an intense, even blazing, testimonial to the human condition in war.--Publisher description
The family jewels : the CIA, secrecy, and presidential power by John Prados( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In December 1974, a front-page story in the New York Times revealed the explosive details of illegal domestic spying by the Central Intelligence Agency. This included political surveillance, eavesdropping, detention, and interrogation. The revelation of illegal activities over many years shocked the American public and led to investigations of the CIA by a presidential commission and committees in both houses of Congress, which found evidence of more abuse, even CIA plans for assassinations. Investigators and the public soon discovered that the CIA abuses were described in a top-secret document agency insiders dubbed the 'Family Jewels.' That document became ground zero for a political firestorm that lasted more than a year. The 'Family Jewels' debacle ultimately brought about greater congressional oversight of the CIA, but excesses such as those uncovered in the 1970s continue to come to light. The Family Jewels probes the deepest secrets of the CIA and its attempts to avoid scrutiny. John Prados recounts the secret operations that constituted 'Jewels' and investigators' pursuit of the truth, plus the strenuous efforts--by the agency, the executive branch, and even presidents--to evade accountability. Prados reveals how Vice President Richard Cheney played a leading role in intelligence abuses and demonstrates that every type of 'Jewel' has been replicated since, especially during the post-9/11 war on terror. The Family Jewels masterfully illuminates why these abuses are endemic to spying, shows that proper relationships are vital to control of intelligence, and advocates a system for handling 'Family Jewels' crises in a democratic society."- 4e de couv
The sky would fall : Operation Vulture : the U.S. bombing mission in Indochina, 1954 by John Prados( Book )

6 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hoodwinked : the documents that reveal how Bush sold us a war by John Prados( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Normandy crucible : the decisive battle that shaped World War II in Europe by John Prados( Book )

7 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Battle of Normandy was the greatest offensive campaign. Millions of soldiers struggling for control of Europe were thrust onto front lines of a massive war unlike any experienced in history. This greatest of clashes would prove to be the crucible in which the outcome of World War II would be decided. It began on D-Day. June 6, 1944, the day the Allied Forces launched Operation Overlord, the great crusade to free Europe from the grip of Nazi Germany. But only when the troops were ashore did the real battle begin. With Nazi defenders marshaling to stop the invaders, Hitler and his generals schemed to counterattack. Tightly constricted hedgerow country and bitter German resistance held the Allied advance to a crawl. Suddenly the Allies broke through and trapped the Nazi armies. Yet within weeks of this stunning disaster, the Germans smashed the most dangerous Allied offensive yet. In Normandy Crucible, author John Prados offers a penetrating account that reframes the Normandy breakout. Prados melds intelligence into the combat narrative. Shifting between battle action and command decisions on both sides, Normandy Crucible shows in detail how this campaign molded the climactic battle for Europe--Publisher's description
Islands of destiny : the Solomons campaign and the eclipse of the rising sun by John Prados( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 356 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the battles that took place in the Solomon Islands in the Pacific during World War II and offers a theory that credits these battles with being as great a turning point as the Battle of Midway
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Vietnam : the history of an unwinnable war, 1945-1975
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Vietnam : the history of an unwinnable war, 1945-1975The hidden history of the Vietnam WarThe blood road : the Ho Chi Minh Trail and the Vietnam WarSafe for democracy : the secret wars of the CIAInside the Pentagon papersCombined fleet decoded : the secret history of American intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War IIValley of decision : the siege of Khe SanhAmerica confronts terrorism : understanding the danger and how to think about it : a documentary record