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This groundbreaking new book challenges the tion that covert operations are a twentieth-century phemen, recounting a wide array of operations sanctioned by America's Founding Fathers. These include George Washington's plan to kidnap King George III's son; Thomas Jefferson's proposal to burn down St Paul's Cathedral in London; James Madison's procuring of a prostitute for a prominent foreign visitor; and Daniel Webster's use of British secret service money to influence American public opinion. In describing these operations and more, Stephen F. Ktt challenges the conclusions of the Church and the Iran-Contra Committees that America's Cold War presidents broke faith with the Founding Fathers. While Ktt ackwledges the rise of a large clandestine bureaucracy such as the CIA as a twentieth-century invation, he netheless argues that the type of operations conducted by the Founders were remarkably similar to those of their Cold War successors such as Truman and Bush.
Stephen F. Knott is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy.