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In Secrecy's ShadowThe OSS and CIA in Hollywood Cinema 1941-1979$
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Simon Willmetts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748692996

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692996.001.0001

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(p.272) Conclusion
In Secrecy's Shadow

Simon Willmetts

Edinburgh University Press

In his introduction to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s cogent critique of excessive US Government secrecy, FBI historian Richard Gid Powers wrote: ‘If official secrecy had a devastating impact on American history, its impact on Americans’ understanding of that history was a collateral disaster.’1 From the very beginnings of history as a professional discipline in the nineteenth century, indeed, since the time of the ancients and the first known works of source-based historical narrative by Herodotus and Thucydides, history has always existed, as Lynn Hunt put it, ‘in a symbiotic relationship with nationalism’....

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