Errand Into the Wilderness of Mirrors

Graziano Michael
"Michael Graziano investigates the religious conceptions of those who shaped and worked for the CIA, arguing that the Catholicism of key CIA figures--such as "Wild" Bill Donovan and Edward Lansdale--was decisive in establishing the agency's concerns, methods, and understandings of the world. In part this was because the Roman Catholic Church already had global networks of people and safe places that American agents could use to their advantage. But conversely, American agents were overly inclined to view other powerful religions and religious figures in the same framework as Catholicism--misconceptions that led, too often, to tragedy and disaster"--
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Michael Graziano's intriguing book fuses two landmark titles in American history: Perry Miller's Errand into the Wilderness (1956), about the religious worldview of the early Massachusetts colonists, and David Martin's Wilderness of Mirrors (1980), about the dangers and delusions inherent to the Central Intelligence Agency. Fittingly, Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors investigates the dangers and delusions that ensued from the religious worldview of the early molders of the Central Intelligence Agency. Graziano argues that the religious approach to intelligence by key OSS and CIA figures like "Wild" Bill Donovan and Edward Lansdale was an essential, and overlooked, factor in establishing the agency's concerns, methods, and understandings of the world. In a practical sense, this was because the Roman Catholic Church already had global networks of people and safe places that American agents could use to their advantage. But more tellingly, Graziano shows, American intelligence officers were overly inclined to view powerful religions and religious figures through the frameworks of Catholicism. As Graziano makes clear, these misconceptions often led to tragedy and disaster on an international scale. By braiding the development of the modern intelligence agency with the story of postwar American religion, Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors delivers a provocative new look at a secret driver of one of the major engines of American power.
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Publisher University of Chicago Press
ISBN-10 022676740X
ISBN-13 9780226767406
GTIN-13 9780226767406
GTIN-14 09780226767406
Subtitle Religion and the History of the CIA
Author Graziano Michael
Edition 1
Language Code eng
Page Count 240
Publication Date Jun 16, 2021
Dimension 6 in 9 in 1 in