The French secret services : from the Dreyfus Affair to the Gulf War /
Douglas Porch.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.
xiv, 623 p.
0374158533 :
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New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995.
0374158533 :
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1995-06-12:
This academic study of France's intelligence services traces the influence of intelligence estimates on French policy formulation and strategic decisions. Porch has pinned down an elusive subject (archival restrictions are severe), focusing on the political culture in which French intelligence has operated and the peculiar domination of foreign intelligence by the military: France is the only major power to place its foreign intelligence agency in its army. Citing the ill-preparedness of France in the two world wars, he sides with those who argue that the intelligence estimates were accurate but the politicians and generals failed to heed them. As to the future, he sees a need to consolidate resources and establish an intelligence network in France's Islamic community. This is a balanced assessment of the role and influence of the secret services in France by the author of The French Foreign Legion. Photos. (Aug.)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1995-08:
For the past century, the French secret service agencies have often been guilty of incompetence, dirty tricks, and partisan politics. Thus, they have been viewed with suspicion by average citizens as well as by the governments they served. In this clear, well-argued volume, Porch (The French Foreign Legion, LJ 6/1/91) traces the modest successes and the grand failures of the French intelligence services from the 1890s to the present. The failures are well known: responsibility for starting the Dreyfus Affair, inability to predict the time and place of the German invasions in both world wars, and the 1985 sinking of Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior, to name just a few. On the other hand, Porch gives high marks to some work done by the Resistance in World War II. He concludes his volume with several trenchant analyses of current problems and offers suggestions on how to make the French secret services perform more effectively. Highly recommended.‘T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., N.Y.
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Table of Contents
Terms and Abbreviations
The Birth of the Modern French Secret Servicesp. 3
Success and Scandal, 1900-14p. 39
The Failed Miraclep. 55
The Trench Deadlockp. 78
Tracking the Red Menacep. 115
The German Threatp. 136
Intelligence and the Fall of Francep. 159
The BCRAp. 174
The War of the Secret Servicesp. 203
The Resistancep. 225
The Secret Services in Postwar Francep. 265
Indochinap. 293
Operation Castor and the Sinews of Warp. 318
Dien Bien Phu: The Intelligence Dimensionp. 339
The Algerian Warp. 358
The War Within Algeriap. 377
Intelligence in de Gaulle's Republicp. 404
Terrorists, Parallel Networks, and Monsieur Pasqua's Luncheonsp. 422
L'affaire Rainbow Warriorp. 455
Conclusionp. 468
Appendix: Encryption/Decryptionp. 503
Bibliographyp. 509
Notesp. 527
Indexp. 601
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