The longtime head of French intelligence analyzes the post-Cold War world, concluding that the new power struggle is between the Western industrial nations and the developing nations. Tour. 25,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.
A curious but compelling account by Count de Marenches, for 11 years (1970-81) the head of the French intelligence service, and Andelman, longtime Paris correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News. Though de Marenches claims that ``the Fourth World War has already begun''--a war, waged by ``small, highly deadly units of terrorists,'' that has ``the very real prospect of ending civilization, at least Western civilization, as we know it''- -there's very little information here to back this claim. Equally odd is his treatment of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, for he asserts that the Russians still harbor dreams of world domination and that conservative Communists have put aside billions of dollars to continue their secret war. As a memoir, however, the book contains a good deal of sage advice and some significant revelations. Among the latter are that, after de Marenches learned that the US was about to devalue the dollar in 1971, the Central Bank of France accumulated enormous profits by quietly selling dollars and buying francs; that French Intelligence carried out more than 40 operations along the lines of the Entebbe raid during de Marenches's tenure, including the overthrow of Emperor Bokassa of the Central African Empire; that during the 1970's, against the count's advice, terrorists operating out of French territory, even targeting its European allies, were not disturbed, provided that no operations took place in France; and that de Marenches sent secret emissaries to Rome to warn the Pope of hard intelligence that the Soviet leadership had decided to kill him, a warning that was dismissed out of hand. A mixed bag, but rewarding for its insider's discussion of French intelligence operations and for its friendly look at the deficiencies of American intelligence. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Alexandre de Marenches, head of the French secret service during the presidencies of Pompidou and Giscard d'Estaing, has much to say about the attenuated state of U.S. intelligence in recent years. His argument that the Carter administration nearly dismantled our HUMINT (human intelligence) capability comes as no surprise, but readers may be caught off guard by his fervent praise for onetime CIA director George Bush. With coauthor Andleman, de Marenches discusses the more colorful operations during his tenure as secret service chief, and recalls tidbits of advice that he offered various heads of state ("Your Majesty," he told the Shah of Iran, "your image is terrible," and then sent for advertising ace David Ogilvy to tutor the monarch). All this is related in a haughty Gallic style and is highly entertaining if rarely enlightening. The latter part of the book deals with the current state of terrorist-counterterrorist activities around the world, which de Marenches calls the Fourth World War. His gratuitous warning is that Americans have lived a charmed and sheltered existence and will eventually have to deal with terrorism at home.
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