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Shadow Warrior - William Egan Colby and the CIA

Randall B. Woods

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World War II commando, Cold War spy, and CIA director under presidents Nixon and Ford, William Egan Colby played a critical role in some of the most pivotal events of the twentieth century. A quintessential member of the greatest generation, Colby embodied the moral and strategic ambiguities of the postwar world, and first confronted many of the dilemmas about power and secrecy that America still grapples with today. In Shadow Warrior, eminent historian Randall B. Woods presents a riveting biography of Colby, revealing that this crusader for global democracy was also drawn to the darker side of American power. Aiming to help reverse the spread of totalitarianism in Europe and Asia, Colby joined the U.S. Army in 1941, just as America entered World War II. He served with distinction in France and Norway, and at the end of the war transitioned into America's first peacetime intelligence agency: the CIA. Fresh from the fight against fascism, Colby zealously redirected his efforts against international communism. He insisted on the importance of fighting communism on the ground, doggedly applying guerilla tactics for counterinsurgency, sabotage, surveillance, and information-gathering on the new battlefields of the Cold War. Over time, these strategies became increasingly ruthless; as head of the CIA's Far East Division, Colby oversaw an endless succession of assassination attempts, coups, secret wars in Laos and Cambodia, and the Phoenix Program, in which 20,000 civilian supporters of the Vietcong were killed. Colby ultimately came clean about many of the CIA's illegal

Language:

English

Narrators:

Michael Puttonen

Length:

21h 43m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

19:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

59:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

57:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

42:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

33:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

58:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

01:14:28


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

01:19:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

01:54:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

01:34:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:12:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:31:52


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

01:06:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

01:24:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:19:53


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

45:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

31:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

39:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:14:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

36:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

00:28


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:13