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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.


Archie Roosevelt

For Lust of Knowing
Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer

Little, Brown and Company

Little, Brown and Company
For Lust of Knowing
Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer
Archie Roosevelt

Little, Brown and Company
Boston & Toronto

Copyright © 1988 by archibald bulloch roosevelt, jr.
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First edition

The author is grateful to Cambridge University Press for permission
to quote from “Third Ode of Hafiz,” as it appeared in Literary History
of Persia by Edward G. Browne (1920), and to A. P. Watt Ltd. And
James Sherwood for permission to quote from Hassan: A Play in Five
Acts by James Elroy Flecker (1922).

Map The Islamic World by George W. Ward.

Map of southern Iraq by K. C. Jordan. By permission of Wilfred Thesiger.

Book design by Robert G. Lowe.
The first chapter of this book originally appeared in American Heritage.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918-
For lust of knowing: memoirs of an intelligence officer
Archibald Roosevelt, Jr.—1st ed.
p. cm.
Includes index.
ISBN 0-316-75600-8

1. Roosevelt, Archibald, 1918—
2. Intelligence officers—United States—Biography.
3. United States. Central Intelligence Agency—Biography.
4. Islamic countries—Description and travel. I. Title.
UB271.U52R66 1988
[B] / 87-24930
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 / CIP


Published simultaneously in Canada by
Little, Brown & Company (Canada) Limited

Printed In the United States of America

We travel not for trafficking alone;
By hotter winds our fiery hearts are fanned:
For lust of knowing what should not be known,
We take the Golden Road to Samarkand.

—James Elroy Flecker, Hassan:
A Play in Five Acts

Author photograph by Liener Temerlin
Jacket design by Steve Snider

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