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Gentleman in the Shadows: Benjamin C. Evans Jr. and the Central Intelligence Agency
By Douglas A. Wissing

Commentary: Gentleman in the Shadows is the biography of Benjamin C. Evans Jr., a Central Intelligence Agency officer and top-level executive during the darkest days of the Cold War. Evans served as a clandestine case officer in revolutionary Havana, Cuba, and then covertly over saw The Asia Foundation, an influential CIA front organization. During the turmoil of the 1960s, Evans was promoted to the CIA headquarters’ seventh floor, where he joined the executive directorate team that managed world-changing intelligence missions. A socially adept administrator, Evans was the CIA Executive Secretary for seven Directors of Central Intelligence under four presidential administrations.

As a military intelligence and CIA officer, Evans lived an eventful life, participating in America’s post-World War II crusade to democratize Japan, the Korean War, nuclear stand-offs with the Soviet Union, the anti-Fidel Castro counterrevolutionary movement that climaxed at the Bay of Pigs, the Vietnam War, the Watergate imbroglio, and the Family Jewels furor after the CIA’s dirty secrets were revealed.

Hardcover, 264 pages. IHS Press, 2019. ISBN 978087954367.

About the author
Douglas A. Wissing is an award-winning journalist and author of numerous books, and he has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History, the BBC, and CNN.com, among other publications.



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