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Blue, Howard. Words at War. New York: Scarecrow Press, 2002.

From This work "describes how seventeen radio dramatists and their actors fought a war of words against fascism abroad and injustice at home. Beginning in the late 1930s, the commercial networks, private agencies, and the government cooperated with radio dramatists to produce plays to alert Americans to the Nazi threat.... After the War ended, however, when the same radio actors and writers continued producing radio shows in the same political vein, veterans' groups, the FBI, right wing politicians and other reactionaries mounted an assault on them that went into full force after the war in a partly successful effort to drive them out of their professions."


Blum, Howard. Dark Invasion: 1915 -- Germany's Secret War and the Hunt for the First Terrorist Cell in America. New York: HarperCollins, 2014.

As Peake, Studies 58.3 (Sep 2014), notes, "the German agents in America before 1917 were engaged in old-fashioned sabotage, not terrorism." Nonetheless, this "is a good summary of America's initial attempts to deal with threats to the homeland." Goulden, Washington Times, 25 Mar. 2014, and Intelligencer 20.3 (Spring-Summer 2014), comments on the cursory nature of Blum's chapter notes but also finds the book an "engrossing examination of German intelligence efforts in the 'neutral' United States."

For DeGroot, Washington Post, 7 Feb. 2014, the author "breaks all the rules of historical writing, wantonly and repeatedly. Yet, partly for that reason, it's wonderfully gripping. Howard Blum is a storyteller, not a historian." Although Dark Invasion is "great fun," as history it "is seriously flawed. Inaccuracies abound."


Blum, Howard. I Pledge Allegiance... The True Story of the Walkers: An American Spy Family. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.

Blum, Justin. "Altering Assassination Ban Might Increase Pressure on Saddam Hussein, Robb Says." Washington Post, 19 Feb. 1998, A22. []

[GenPostCW/90s/98/Gen; Overviews/Legal/Assassination]

Blum, Richard H., ed. Surveillance and Espionage in a Free Society: A Report by the Planning Group on Intelligence and Security to the Policy Council of the Democratic National Committee. New York: Praeger, 1972.

Generally critical look at the state of U.S. intelligence community at this time


Blum, Robert M. "Surprised by Tito: The Anatomy of an Intelligence Failure." Diplomatic History 12, no. 1 (1988): 39-57. [Petersen]


Blum, William.

1. The CIA, A Forgotten History: U.S. Global Interventions Since World War 2. London: Zed Books, 1986.

Clark comment: This book is stridently critical of U.S. policy, in general, and of the CIA, specifically, with regard to covert action interventions in other countries during the Cold War. This is not a work of scholarship but of advocacy for a particular ideological world view.

Jeffreys-Jones, I&NS 3.2, says that the "bulk of the book is a compendium of stale rumour based on press reports, the source giving the lie to the thesis" stated in the title. Mercer, I&NS 3.2, comes to the same basic conclusion on this book, finding the author's thesis "somewhat less than believable."

A Namebase review credited to D. Brandt and W. Blum [the latter is most probably the author], calls this book "the only well-documented book on CIA history that is arranged country by country, year by year. It describes and analyzes the known significant interventions throughout the world since 1945 that have been carried out through the CIA and other branches of U.S. government."

2. Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II. Monroe, ME: Common Courage Press, 1995.

Clark comment: This appears to be rebottled vinegar from Blum, The CIA, A Forgotten History. (Based on the first book, I'm not about to spend the money to confirm or deny this supposition.)

Surveillant 4.2 notes only that this "is a revised edition of Blum's 1986 book ..., with a new title." A posting in the Internet newsgroup "" by " (bill blum)," on 18 Sep. 1995, argues that "Killing Hope is a greatly enlarged and updated revision of The CIA, A Forgotten History."

In another Internet posting, former CIA officer and current critic, Ralph McGehee, refers to Killing Hope as "an encyclopedia of CIA covert operations [that] should be used as a textbook for studies of the CIA and military interventions since the end of World War Two. The clear writing style, summarizing the operations of the Agency, vividly conveys the dreadful consequences of those operations on target peoples.... 'Killing Hope,' because of its broad-brush treatment of some of the operations, provides an overview rather than comprehensive coverage of major covert operations. Undoubtedly there are some omissions and errors but this is standard with any discussion of still secret clandestine operations."


Blum, William. "Ronald Reagan's Legacy: Eight Years of CIA Covert Action." Covert Action Information Bulletin 33 (Winter 1990): 8-11.

Petersen: "Critical of CIA and U.S. policy."

[CA/Gen; CIA/80s/Gen]

Blumay, Carl, and Henry Edwards. The Dark Side of Power: The Real Armand Hammer. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993.

Blumberg, Stanley A., and Gwinn Owens. The Survival Factor: Israeli Intelligence from World War I to the Present. New York: Putnam's, 1981.


Blumenfeld, Laura. "Goss Hailed as Old Pro, Assailed as Partisan: CIA Nominee Faces Uncertain Future." Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2004, A1. []

"For a man who is often described as affable and straightforward," Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-FL), "is caught up in a complicated nomination. Amid proposals for intelligence reform, his job title and duties remain unclear. With a presidential election in seven weeks, his tenure is uncertain, and his hearings will take place in the turmoil of a political season. While supporters hail him as experienced and steady, critics assail him as too partisan and ... inclined to do nothing."


Blumenfeld, Yorick F. "Intelligence for Security." Editorial Research Reports, 28 Dec. 1961, 937-954. [Petersen]


Blumenson, Martin. "Intelligence and World War II: Will 'Ultra' Rewrite History?" Army 28 (Aug. 1978): 42-48.


Blumenson, Martin. The Vilde Affair: Beginnings of the French Resistance. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1977.

Kirkus Review (1977): "A chronicle of one of the first WW II resistance groups -- formed by Paris anthropological institute staff members and wiped out by mid-1942 --which, while offering no new formulations, does suggest the spontaneous origins of the Resistance.... The book conveys the spirit of the group and the suspense of its operations."


Blundy, Anna. "Step Up for Old Spy Fuels Kremlin Rumour." Times (London), 27 Jan. 1999.

"Speculation grew yesterday" that Russian Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov "is preparing himself for the forthcoming presidential race when it emerged that an old colleague from his spymaster days had been appointed deputy head of the Itar-Tass news agency. Yuri Kobaladze ... is an old media hand and not the first former spy and friend of the Prime Minister to find himself in a position of power. Lev Koshlyakov, a former intelligence officer, became head of the Vesti news service last year and Igor Adamov, another spy, was made head of Radio Rossii."


[Blunt, Anthony.] "Blunt on Cambridge, Marxism and His Pride at Serving KGB Masters." Electronic Telegraph, 10 Jan. 1998. []

Blunt, the "fourth man" in the Cambridge spy ring, was a member of MI5 throughout World War II. "Long before the Cambridge spies came under suspicion..., the KGB's Moscow Centre began to wonder if the Cambridge spies were not too good to be true.... Blunt was asked to write his own autobiography so that the KGB could check it against the known facts. For more than 50 years it has lain untouched in the KGB's files. Now it is to be published for the first time in a new book, The Crown Jewels [by Nigel West and Oleg Tsarev]. Here, in his own words, Anthony Blunt explains why he turned to communism."


Bly, Herman O. Communism, the Cold War, and the FBI Connection: Time to Set the Record Straight. Lafayette, LA: Huntington House, 1998.


Blythe, Anne. "As Spy Meeting Looms, Suspect Still on Agenda: Ex-Diplomat Lives Quietly in Triangle." News & Observer (Raleigh, NC), 23 Mar. 2009. []

"Felix Bloch, the suspected spy never charged with espionage, [now] lives in relative anonymity, driving a Chapel Hill bus."


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