272 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 10 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-4562-2
Published: February 1996
eBook ISBN: 978-0-8078-6370-1
Published: November 2000
Buy this Book
About the Author
Kathryn S. Olmsted is a lecturer in history at the University of California at Davis.
For more information about Kathryn S. Olmsted, visit the Author Page.
"Perceptive and gracefully written history."--Journal of American History
"This is a fascinating study of how, just months after Watergate, both press and Congress quietly retreated to the same silk-gloved handling of the CIA and FBI in the name of national security."--Publishers Weekly
"Olmsted successfully confronts and refutes the heroic myths surrounding post-Watergate journalism."--Nation
"Kathryn Olmsted has provided a useful summary of the Frank Church and Otis Pike investigations. . . . Her conclusions are devastating: Congressional leadership had little interest in pursuing the charges; Gerald Ford's White House, recognizing the complicity of the executive branch, fought skillfully to limit and discredit the inquiries; and the media proved to be a useful, compliant accomplice of both.'-Nation
"This important book is timely as the future of the CIA is debated in both the scholarly and government communities."--Choice
"Olmsted . . . takes us back to the mid-1970s, when the spooks were on the run. . . . She ably chronicles the fall from high expectation to Washington handwringing. . . . Olmsted explodes the myth that this era was a time of journalistic courage and a heyday of investigative reporting."--Washington Monthly