Nelson, Anna Kasten. "The Unfortunate Exclusion of Scholars from Debate Over the Future of the CIA." Chronicle of Higher Education, 31 Mar. 1995, A44.

Nelson, Anne. Red Orchestra: The Story of the Berlin Underground and the Circle of Friends Who Resisted Hitler. New York: Random House, 2009.

Goulden, Washington Times, 21 Jun. 2009, and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), notes that the author "focuses on the intellectuals, artists and bureaucrats -- half of them women -- who comprised the German off-shoot of the Rote Kapelle." However, she "goes a bit far in divorcing the entire effort from Soviet intelligence." And she "chose to ignore the most authoritative overview of the Red Orchestra, a post-war CIA study," which continues to be readily available. Nonetheless, this is "[a] first-rate read."

For Pringle, IJI&C 23.1 (Spring 2010), the author's "pages on the role of the women of the Red Orchestra are quite moving." It is clear that Nelson "deeply empathizes with the key members of the group, and has done impressive research about their lives." However, it is bothersome that she "apparently did not consult some important books on Soviet intelligence and the Red Orchestra." Despite this, this work "usefully explores a relatively unknown chapter of German history."

[Russia/WWII/Spies; WWII/Eur/Germany/Resistance]

Nelson, Brian A. The Silence and the Scorpion: The Coup against Chavez and the Making of Modern Venezuela. New York: Nation Books, 2009.

Goulden, Washington Times, 21 Jun. 2009, and Intelligencer 17.2 (Fall 2009), finds it "disheartening to read an account of how a respectable broad-based opposition came within a hair of tossing [Chavez] from office in 2002, only to fail because of awesomely stupid political decisions." The author "dashes Chavez's loud claim that the CIA fomented the popular uprising. The CIA station in Caracas indeed informed Washington of what was brewing -- an accepted intelligence function."


Nelson, Dick, and Julie Koenen-Grant. "A Case of Bureaucracy 'in Action': The U.S. Embassy in Moscow." International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence 6, no. 3 (Fall 1993): 303-317.


Nelson, Harold. "Intelligence and the Next War: A Retrospective View." Intelligence and National Security 2, no. 1 (1987): 97-117.

Petersen: "What it was anticipated war would be like before World Wars I and II."


Nelson, Kay Shaw. The Cloak and Dagger Cook: A Memoir. Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2009.

This is the story of a CIA employee-turned-traveling-spouse of an operations officer. Peake, Studies 54.2 (Jun. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), notes that the book "is mainly about [the author's] cooking, dining, and travel experiences, although [she] does not ignore her life with a CIA case officer and as a mother." It will "have a special attraction" for Agency families.

[CIA/Memoirs; Women/Misc/CIA]

Nelson, Michael. War of the Black Heavens: The Battles of Western Broadcasting in the Cold War. London: Brassey's, 1997. New York: Syracuse University Press, 1997.

Rawnsley, I&NS 13.2, calls War of the Black Heavens a "magnificent contribution,... a genuinely comparative study ... [and] an absorbing and informative book." It is "well researched and elegantly written." Nelson has added "the missing Soviet dimension that earlier studies have avoided.... The book is at its best when describing the structure of Soviet propaganda,... as well as its reaction to Western broadcasts and the elaborate (and expensive) methods of censorship that the Soviet system built to compete with them.... Nelson also highlights the explicit link between propaganda and intelligence."

[CA/Radio; GenPostwar/Disinformation]

Nelson, Otto L., Jr. National Security and the General Staff: A Study of Organization and Administration. Washington, DC: Infantry Journal Press, 1946.

Petersen: "Covers intelligence within the Army general staff organization over the years."


Nelson, Wayne. A Spy's Diary of World War II: Inside the OSS with an American Agent in Europe. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2009.

Peake, Studies 54.3 (Sep. 2010) and Intelligencer 18.1 (Fall-Winter 2010), notes that the diary entries cover from February 1943 to February 1945 and include operations on Sardinia, Corsica, Italy, and southern France.


Nelson, Wayne. "Women Spies of the OSS." World War II (Jun. 1997) []. "Female Spies Rendered Valuable Service to the OSS in the Days Following the Invasion of Southern France." CIRA Newsletter 22, no. 3 (Winter 1997-1998): 27-30.

Nelson was with the Strategic Service Section detachment with the 36th Division, U.S. Seventh Army, in the Fall of 1944 when it crossed the Moselle River. He shares some stories here of courage and ingenuity on the part of female agents in across-the-line missions.

[Women/WWII/U.S.; WWII/OSS/Fr & Individuals][c]


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