A Look Over My Shoulder by Richard Helms
A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency

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A Look over My Shoulder begins with President Nixon’s attempt to embroil the Central Intelligence Agency, of which Richard Helms was then the director, in the Watergate cover-up. Helms then recalls his education in Switzerland and Germany and at Williams College; his early career as a foreign correspondent in Berlin, during which he once lunched with Hitler; and his return to newspaper work in the United States. Helms served on the German desk at OSS headquarters in London; subsequently, he was assigned to Allen Dulles’s Berlin office in postwar Germany.

On his return to Washington, Helms assumed responsibility for the OSS carryover operations in Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe. He remained in this post until the Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947. At CIA, Helms served in many positions, ultimately becoming the organization’s director from 1966 to 1973. He was appointed ambassador to Iran later that year and retired from government service in January 1977. It was often thought that Richard Helms, who served longer in the Central Intelligence Agency than anyone else, would never tell his story, but here it is–revealing, news-making, and with candid assessments of the controversies and triumphs of a remarkable career.

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About Richard Helms

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Helms has been an entertainer, actor, radio announcer, university instructor, racing driver, and is presently a forensic psychologist working for the courts in his home state, where he specializes in the management and treatment of sex offenders.
Published April 8, 2003 by Random House. 496 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Of spooks, spies, double agents, and Ivy League gentlemen who certainly did read each other’s mail: former CIA director Helms revisits a long career doing Uncle Sam’s shadow work.

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Director of Central Intelligence from 1966 to 1973, and with an intelligence career spanning three decades, Helms offers an insider's defense—and occasionally critique—of the frequently maligned agency's performance during the turbulent 1950s, '60s and early '70s.

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