Henry Howe Ransom


Barrett, APSR 91.4, notes that at a time when few other scholars were working on the subject, Ransom "carefully and dispassionately sorted through the available evidence and information and offered a series of books and articles providing intelligent, critical, but fair-minded analyses of the U.S. government's secret agencies."

Ransom, Harry Howe. "Being Intelligent About Secret Intelligence Agencies." American Political Science Review 74, no. 1 (Spring 1980): 141-148.


Ransom, Henry Howe. Can American Democracy Survive the Cold War? Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964.

The author worries that national security-related legislation may be eroding the foundation of American democracy. Nonetheless, his basic American optimism shows through his concerns.


Ransom, Henry Howe.

1. Central Intelligence and National Security. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1958. JK468I6R3

Clark comment: This is an academic account of the early years of an institutionalized U.S. national intelligence structure. It was updated in 1970 as The Intelligence Establishment (see below). In 1961, Pforzheimer, Studies 5.2 (Spring 1961), called this "[t]he best current account of the development, organization, and problems of the U.S. intelligence system, with particular attention to the production of national estimates."

2. The Intelligence Establishment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1970.

For Pforzheimer, this revised and expanded version of Central Intelligence and National Security is "less accurate and credible." It includes "a shallow look at the CIA and other members of the Intelligence Community, but with certain errors in his treatment of clandestine and modern technological intelligence activities." Constantinides notes that the book is mostly concerned with the CIA, with the FBI getting little attention. Although he has no experience in intelligence work, Ransom "displays a good grasp of intelligence techniques, organization, and functions. The presentation is fair and unemotional."


Ransom, Harry Howe. "Congress Never Intended the CIA to Spy at Home." First Principles 7 (Feb. 1982): 13-16. [Petersen]


Ransom, Harry Howe. "Intelligence and Partisan Politics." In Intelligence: Policy and Process, eds. Alfred C. Maurer, Marion D. Turnstall, and James M. Keagle, 28-42. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1985.


Ransom, Harry Howe. "The Intelligence Function and the Constitution." Armed Forces and Society 14, no. 1 (Aug. 1987): 43-63.


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