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In Secrecy's Shadow: The OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979

Simon Willmetts


Don DeLillo once described the CIA as “America’s myth”, an agency that “takes on shapes and appearences embodying whatever we need to know ourselves or unburden ourselves.” This book is the story of the emergence of that myth, of the CIA as an American cultural icon in the most iconic of mediums: Hollywood cinema. It is also the story of how, at times, the CIA have worked with Hollywood to try to shape that myth. The story begins with a band of intrepid Hollywood filmmakers led by the legendary director John Ford who were willing to die to make films for the CIA’s wartime predecessor, the OSS. ... More

Keywords: Secrecy, Intelligence, Hollywood, American Cinema, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, Spy Cinema, Espionage, Office of Strategic Services, John Ford

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780748692996
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Simon Willmetts, author
University of Hull