Books by John Prados

John Prados is a senior analyst with the National Security Archive. His current books are Hoodwinked: The Documents That Reveal How Bush Sold Us a War (the New Press), and Inside the Pentagon Papers (University Press of Kansas).

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wearying journey through the spy agency's history that fails to take itself sufficiently seriously."
A history of the CIA told through an examination of the careers of its directors and other key figures. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2016

"A book every serious World War II student will want."
An in-depth study of the clash of the Japanese and Allied navies in Leyte Gulf, possibly the greatest naval battle of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An impressive research effort showing how, when it comes to current political affairs, the past is almost always prologue."
A scholarly book about the dirty operations of the American government that feels like it has been ripped from the headlines. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A well-crafted addition to the canon of World War II military histories."
Prados (Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe, 2011, etc.) takes on the widely held view that the Battle of Midway in 1942 was the decisive victory that gave Allied forces a key advantage over the Japanese. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2011

"Prados has done his homework, writes fine battle descriptions and makes a convincing case that events during the summer of 1944 predicted the subsequent course of the war."
A fresh point of view on the 1944 battle that emphasizes intelligence, logistics and the battle's unexpected strategic consequences. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2003

"A thoughtful look at the shadow government, unlikely to win Colby or the CIA any new admirers."
Can America find it in its heart to love—or at least forgive—one of the architects of the Vietnam debacle and the Cold War? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"An original account of the Vietnam War, interpreted logistically."
An intriguing analysis of the American war in Vietnam, as seen through the prism of the North Vietnamese supply line known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The engrossing text (marred only by a patent reluctance to trust the motives of military brass and their civilian masters) includes 64 photos (not seen), plus 16 helpful maps."
A blow-by-blow overview of the Khe Sanh siege, which, more than 20 years after, still ranks among the Vietnam War's most controversial episodes. Read full book review >
Released: May 21, 1991

"A reflective, well-written, and much-needed history of a powerful and obscure institution, and a lesson on the self- perpetuating nature of bureaucracies. (Thirty-nine b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A weighty and absorbing history of the metastatic growth of the National Security Council from a small advisory board into a vastly powerful bureaucratic colossus. Read full book review >