Theodore Shackley

Shackley, Theodore. The Third Option: An American View of Counterinsurgency Operations. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1981.

According to Pforzheimer, this is "a primer of the essential steps for effective counterinsurgency operations in areas important to the United States." Constantinides sees the work as "unmistakably that of a man who has studied the problems as well as having faced them." However, there is "insufficient discussion of the problems and difficulties involved once a nation is committed in a counterinsurgency effort." For Lowenthal, this book "[m]ay be somewhat dated in the post-Cold War world."


Shackley, Theodore, and Richard A. Finney. Spymaster: My Life in the CIA. Dulles, VA: Potomac, 2005.

Theodore (Ted) G. Shackley, retired CIA Associate Deputy Director for Operations, died on 9 December 2002 at the age of 75. He was a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. J.Y. Smith, "Theodore Shackley Dies; Celebrated CIA Agent," Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2002, B8.

Peake, CIRA Newsletter 30.4 (Winter 2005) and Studies 49.4 (2005), notes that Shackley comments "selectively on various aspects of his career.... For those who expected a more expansive tale of clandestine operations, Spymaster may be something of a disappointment. On the other hand, what Ted Shackley was able to give us is extremely valuable -- a first hand account with lessons for all."

For Schecter, I&NS 20.4 (Dec. 2005), "Shackley's first-person account is rich in remarkable detail.... They take CIA memoirs to a new level of specificity and revelation of tradecraft that makes for fascinating, and at times hilarious and bizarre reading." Huck, Periscope (Summer 2006), feels that much was left out of this work, first by Shackley's death (not to denigrate the "tireless and faithful" work of Richard Finney to complete the book) and by the publisher's requirement that the manuscript be reduced in length.

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Shackley, Theodore, with Richard A. Finney. Still the Target: Coping with Terror and Crime. Baltimore, MD: Noble House, 2003.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 2-03 (14 Jan. 2003), notes that this "was the late Ted Shackley's last effort. In it he identifies the nature and scope of the threat of terror and crime to senior executives, and secondly, provides a frame of reference for evaluating an executive protection program."


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