Timothy J. Naftali


Naftali, Timothy J. "ARTIFICE: James Angleton and X-2 Operations in Italy." In The Secrets War: The Office of Strategic Services in World War II, ed. George C. Chalou, 218-245. Washington DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992.

[CIA/Angleton; WWII/Eur/Italy & OSS/OtherOps]

Naftali, Timothy J. Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

See Max Holland, "The Historian as Hustler: How the 9/11 Commission Spent $25,000 on a Footnote," Washington Decoded, 11 Mar. 2010 [http://www.washingtondecoded.com/site/2010/03/the-historian-as-hustler.html#more], for an unflattering look at the background of this book. K.C. Johnson, "Holland, Naftali, and the Wisdom of Discretion," History News Network, 22 Mar. 2010 [http://www.hnn.us/articles/124672.html], responds to this article. Holland's rejoinder "K.C. Johnson Missed the Point About Naftali,"History News Network, 23 Mar. 2010 is at: http://www.hnn.us/articles/124755.html.

To Powers, NYRB 52.8 (12 May 2005), this work constitutes "a kind of naturalist's ramble around the fenced perimeter of the whole vast establishment of technical gear used for intercepting communications." For Crenshaw, FA 84.4 (Jul.-Aug. 2005), the author has produced an "admirably straightforward narrative." The work provides "a rich chronological analysis that allows for comparisons across different administrations and demonstrates that the shortcomings of the country's counterterrorism policy are long standing." Although Naftali's "suggestions are sensible, not all are practical."

Peake, Studies 50.1 (Mar. 2006), notes that this history of U.S. counterterrorism policy was originally written for the 9/11 Commission but was issued commercially when it was not released together with the Commission's report. The author's "attempt to link America's initial contacts with terrorism to World War II and the early Cold War is ... force-fitting contemporary terms to past events where they do not apply." The reviewer finds "curious" Naftali's "interpretation of intelligence history and how it relates to contemporary counterterrorism."

[NSA/Sigint; Terrorism/00s/Gen]

Naftali, Timothy J. "De Gaulle's Pique and the Allied Counterespionage Triangle in World War II." In In the Name of Intelligence: Essays in Honor of Walter Pforzheimer, eds. Hayden B. Peake and Samuel Halpern, 379-410. Washington, DC: NIBC Press, 1994.


Naftali, Timothy J. "Intrepid's Last Deception: Documenting the Career of Sir William Stevenson." Intelligence and National Security 8, no. 3 (Jul. 1993): 72-99.

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