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For Lust of Knowing: Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer

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Éditeur : Little, Brown & Company Date & Lieu : 1988, Boston & Toronto
Préface : Pages : 500
Traduction : ISBN : 0-316-75600-8
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 170x240mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Eng. Roo. For. N° 1534Thème : Général

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For Lust of Knowing: Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer

For Lust of Knowing
Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer

Archie Roosevelt

Little, Brown and Company

Archibald Roosevelt, grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and cousin of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, rose through the ranks of the American intelligence services to become one of the most prominent personalities in the Central Intelligence Agency. His important and exciting memoirs, in themselves a revealing personal odyssey, shed new light on the CIA and its critical operations in the time since World War II, particularly during the crucial years of the Cold War.
Fascinated as a young man by the Middle East, its peoples, its culture, and its languages, Roosevelt embarked on a lifelong quest for truth on the highways and byways of a journey toward a mythical Samarkand. The first leg of this voyage was with Operation Torch, which landed in North Africa in 1942, and as a military intelligence officer he worked his way through North Africa, Egypt, and the Levant, ending his army career as assistant military attache successively in Iraq and Iran.
Joining the CIA, he saw it evolve from a small band of pioneer field officers to a powerful organization. Roosevelt’s career spanned the beginning of our confrontations with the Soviets in Iran and Turkey through decades of crises since, at which he was often a firsthand witness, as at the Berlin Wall. He also did a stint at the Voice of America, where he established the programs to the Middle East, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, and his words, at least, reached Samarkand.
But above all, Archie Roosevelt’s vivid memoirs reflect the personalities and drama of his experience in the field. For more than three decades his work brought him together with such world leaders and influential individuals as General George Patton, the Shah of Iran, David Ben-Gurion, Gamal Abd-al-Nasser, John Foster Dulles, and the succession of CIA directors and their British counterparts. Arguing that intelligence fieldwork provides the necessary context for policymakers’ interpretation of major developments around the world, Roosevelt brings his particular insight to bear on such events as the Tehran Conference of 1943, which was the precursor to Yalta; the Azerbaijan crisis in Iran; the origins of the Cold War; the Cuban missile crisis; and the rising tide of nationalism and Soviet empire building in the Middle East. In the final section of the book, Roosevelt critically analyzes the CIA’s role in international events and crises, its recent controversial history, and its future direction.
Archie Roosevelt is a natural raconteur with a keen eye for social and political detail, whether observing the frictions between his own, Republican branch of the Roosevelt clan and their Democratic cousins in the White House, the arrival of the first Soviet agent in Baghdad, or the remote cultures of the Kurdish tribesmen and the Marsh Arabs of Iraq. His is a new and informed perspective on some of the significant political and historical events of modern times.
Since retiring from the CIA in 1974, Archie Roosevelt has been director of International Relations for the Chase Manhattan Bank. His wife, Selwa, formerly a journalist and editor, is chief of protocol of the United States. When not serving abroad, since the early 1950s the Roosevelts have been active participants in the Washington and international scene.

Table des Matières


Acknowledgments / xi

List of maps / xv

Part one: The Talents / 1
1 The Ghost of Sagamore Hill / 3
2 The Realm of the Rector — A Caravanserai / 22
3 Beyond the Walls of the Caravanserai / 28
4 Loading the Camels / 35

Part two: Barbary / 47
5 The Journey Begins / 49
6 The Veiled Medina / 64
7 Psyching the Moors / 74
8 The Maghreb from West to East / 87
9 Always a Little Further / 98

Part three: Arabian Nights / 115
10 To the Nile / 117
11 Baghdad the Beautiful / 127
12 The Land Between Two Rivers / 144
13 The Tribes of the South / 160
14 Waters in the Wilderness / 169
15 The Lonely Prince / 190
16 The Bear Comes to the Tigris / 196
17 Farewell to Baghdad / 202

Part four: Iranian Days / 213
18 The Russian Bear and the Lion of Iran / 215
19 The Azerbaijan Crisis / 224
20 The Kurds / 248
21 The Kurdish Republic of Mahabad / 266

Part five: Transitions / 289
22 The Lonely Road / 291
23 A Companion on the Road / 306
24 “From Silken Samarkand to Cedar’d Lebanon” / 313
25 Turan / 329
26 The Beauties of the Bosphorus / 337

Part six: Lands of the Faith / 347
27 The Holy Land / 349
28 “Arabia, Where the Princes Ride at Noon” / 367
29 “The Spicy Shore of Araby the Blest” / 378

Part seven: Fringes of Islam / 387
30 Dar as-Sudan / 389
31 The Road to Timbuktu / 404
32 Jazirat al-Andalus 412

Part eight: The Truth Shall Make You Free / 427
33 The Truth Shall Make You Free / 429
34 The Truth and the Arabs / 441
35 The Great White Case Officer / 451
36 The Caravan Moves On / 465

Epilogue: Samarkand / 479

Index / 481

List of Maps

The Islamic World / pp. xvi—xvii
Southern Iraq / Facing p. 169
Northwestern Iran, 1946 / Facing p. 215

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