By Stephen L. Carter
October 1962. The Soviet Union has smuggled missiles into Cuba. Kennedy and Khrushchev are in the course of an army face-off which can result in nuclear conflagration. Warships and submarines are at the stream. Planes are within the air. Troops are on the prepared. either leaders are surrounded through advisers clamoring for conflict. the one method for the 2 leaders to barter accurately is to open a "back channel"--a surreptitious direction of conversation hidden from their very own humans. they wish a clandestine emissary no one may ever suspect. If the key will get out, her lifestyles should be in danger . . . yet they're cautious to not inform her that.
Stephen L. Carter's gripping new novel, again Channel, is an excellent amalgam of truth and fiction--a suspenseful retelling of the Cuban Missile main issue, during which the destiny of the realm rests without warning at the shoulders of a tender collage student.
On the island of Curaçao, a vacationing Soviet chess champion whispers kingdom secrets and techniques to an American acquaintance.
In the Atlantic Ocean, a freighter struggles via a squall whereas attempting to steer clear of surveillance.
And in Ithaca, big apple, Margo Jensen, one of many few black girls at Cornell, is requested to visit jap Europe to babysit a madman.
As the clock ticks towards global warfare III, Margo undertakes her harrowing trip. Pursued by means of the hawks on each side, safe by means of not anything yet her personal ingenuity and braveness, Margo is drawn ever extra deeply into the crossfire--and into her personal family's hidden past.
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There is little virtue in self-consciously adhering to a particular line of interpretation simply because a prior estimate on the subject took that line. Just because it was said last time is no reason to say it again. The intelligence community is not the Supreme Court. It need not strain over precedents or labor to extend the meaning of sanctified words. On the contrary, intelligence is supposed to provide current unimpeded judgments. Jones has also some sharp comments on the consensus-seeking approach to intelligence work: A single head in Intelligence is far better than a committee, however excellent the individual members of the committee may be.
The Admiralty was troubled by the fear that German surface raiders might break into the Atlantic, as had happened at the beginning of the war. It was determined, therefore, not to INTELLIGENCE AND THE PROBLEM OF STRATEGIC SURPRISE 35 commit the Home Fleet to a wild goose chase on the strength of rumours. It was all the more disposed to assign reports about German intentions towards Norway to that category because the First Lord, Winston Churchill, believed that invasion of Norway was beyond Germany’s powers.
Here, a sharp distinction is made between the professional world of the military and the civilian world of politics. The two groups therefore are able to interact to their mutual benefit, and the military recognizes its duty to obey the government, yet each group preserves its functional independence, thereby permitting achievement of the highest possible level of national security. The pattern of objective civilian control is, however, virtually nonexistent in the real world of politics and competition.