This section of the narrative should be read in conjunction with frank snepp, decent interval. Decent interval by frank snepp 6 editions first published in 1977 download daisy. If you want an indepth chronicle of the final couple of months of the republic of vietnam as told by the most credible source i have come across, then i highly recommend decent interval. The man in the snow white cell director of the central. Among the last cia agents airlifted from saigon in the waning moments of the vietnam war, frank snepp returned to headqu.
Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Cia history staff, 1993 declassified august 10, 2011. He has since been sued by the federal government as a result of that book. Snepp was chief analyst of north vietnamese strategy for the central intelligence agency cia in saigon during the vietnam war. Frank snepp was the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam. I think the snepp case would control here, he said, referring to the case of former cia officer frank snepp, whose 1977 vietnam war memoir decent interval was published over cia objections. Frank snepp, a former central intelligence agency intelligence analyst in saigon and one of the last americans to leave, is pictured during an interview in washington, on december 2, 1977. Free shipping on all domestic orders home about view all products contact decent interval by frank snepp hardcover brand new decent interval by frank snepp hardcover brand new item specifics isbn10. So at last we leamed what went so horribly wrong, and why, in snepp s remarkable book, decent interval. Read decent interval an insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam by frank snepp available from rakuten kobo. Snepp wrote a memoir of the event, decent interval, published in 1977 without prior approval from the cia. I wake up in the middle of the night, he says, and i hear radio transmissions from the last day we.
Barrs mueller report summary is like witnessing a murder. Decent interval, page 5 frank snepp was born in north carolina. So reading snepps book gave me a deep insight into the ultimate chaos that ensued and the actors behind the stonewalling of the evacuation. Decent interval by frank snepp hardcover brand new. Decent interval november 2002 edition open library. Published by random house in 1977 the following narrative, highlighting the events examined in decent interval, is adapted from a television documentary featuring frank snepp. The cia, in return, claimed snepp had violated his employment agreement by speaking out. Stansfield turner december 1, 1923 january 18, 2018 was an admiral in the united states navy who served as president of the naval war college. Barrs mueller report summary is like witnessing a murder and. The structure and pacing of the book follows the two ways. Snepp tells of his war with the cia frank snepp, who joined the cia in 1968, wrote a decent interval, which describes the final days of the u. So reading snepp s book gave me a deep insight into the ultimate chaos that ensued and the actors behind the stonewalling of the evacuation. Frank snepp, decent interval an insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam. Frank snepp, a graduate of columbias school of internal affairs, is a former, highly decorated cia agent whose bestseller about his experiences in vietnam, decent interval, triggered a landmark first amendmentnational security decision by the u.
Snepp accused the cia of ruining his career and violating his first amendment rights. A graduate of columbia university and a former cbs news researcher, snepp returned to columbia in 1966 to take a masters degree in international affairs. Death is but a ragment of snepps k, decent interval, which is ed with outrageous tales of bureautic bunglins. Cia history of dci william colby national security archive. The north vietnam ese would fight until total victory and there would be no negotiations and no coalition governments. An insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam 9780700612. Snepp iii was denied the right to gain a profit from a book which was based on information obtained when he was an agent of the central in. Among the last cia agents airlifted from saigon in the waning moments of the vietnam war.
Decent interval snepp, frank published by university press of kansas snepp, frank. Snepp was a senior intelligence analyst in the vietnam stations indications analysis branch iab from 1973 until the evacuation of the united states embassy from saigon on 29 april 1975. Told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam by frank snepp. The court forced snepp to turn over all his profits from decent interval and to seek preclearance of any future writings about intelligence work for the rest of his life. Snepp published his controversial vietnam memoir, decent interval, in 1977, at great risk to his career.
April 1975 to keep him from retaliating against those who had tormented him in prison for so long. If theres any master spy in the story, its phams handler, nguyen tai, who was immortalized by former cia analyst frank snepp in his unauthorized 1977 memoir, decent interval. An insiders account of saigons indecent end book, this is one of the most wanted frank snepp author readers around the world. Polgar was not swayed and waved snepp ollt of the way. An insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam. Snepp in decent interval covers this, with his key cia saigon analysts perspective and which he fortifies with writings, testimony, and interviews of other key players including the north vietnamese general who lead the final attack and the maligned american ambassador. War, was the subject of a landmark supreme court case on censorship over the publication of his unapproved memoir, decent interval. Widely regarded as a classic on the vietnam war, decent interval provides a scathing critique of the cias role in and f. In 2001 snepp published a second book, irreparable harm, about his court battle with the cia. Colin gray the firing line television series is a production of the southern educational communications association 928 woodrow st.
Snepp receives the cia medal of merit in 1975 from cia director william e. Free shipping on all domestic orders home about view all products contact decent interval by frank snepp hardcover brand new decent interval by frank snepp hardcover brand new. Thus, it is unclear whether or why foreign sources may have reacted unfavorably to its publication. Irreparable harm by frank snepp 2 editions first published in 1999 not in library. Widely regarded as a classic on the vietnam war, decent interval provides a scathing critique of the cias role in and final departure from that. Read irreparable harm a firsthand account of how one agent took on the cia in an epic battle over free speech by frank snepp available from rakuten kobo. Still the most detailed and respected account of americas final days in vietnam, the book was written at great risk and ultimately at great sacrifice by an author who believed. His second book, irreparable harm, details those experiences. Frank warren snepp, iii born may 3, 1943 is a journalist and former chief analyst of north vietnamese strategy for the central intelligence agency cia in saigon during the vietnam war. Is a wellknown author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the decent interval. Frank snepp spent eight years in the cia, five of them in vietnam as interrogator, agent debriefer, and chief cia strategy analyst in the saigon embassy. Frank snepps decent interval on the fall of saigon. Reagan, national security, and the first amendment.
Snepp got assistance from the american civil liberties union aclu and the case went all the way to the us supreme court, who ruled against snepp and held that the book could still be published, but all proceeds from its sales would have to revert to the cia. The cias vietnam histories national security archive. Snepp was interviewed by washington star staff writer david pike. Widely regarded as a classic on the vietnam war, decent interval provides a scathing critique of the. Published november 2002 by university press of kansas. Cia operative in vietnam frank snepp, who penned decent interval in 1979 following eight years of service in vietnam with the agency including five as an interrogator, agent debriefer and chief cia strategy analyst in the saigon embassy prior to the u. Snepp iii be awarded the intelligence medal of merit. Produced by johns hopkins university press in collaboration with the sheridan libraries.
For five out of his eight years as a cia officer, he worked as interrogator, agent debriefer, and chief strategy analyst in the united states embassy, saigon. Are there alternatives to government censorship, 21 santaclaral. Decent interval an insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam 25 anv sub edition by frank snepp. Aug 25, 2008 decent interval by frank snepp 6 editions first published in 1977 download daisy. Decent interval by frank snepp overdrive rakuten overdrive. Snepp is the author of a book about the fall of saigon titled, decent interval. An insiders account of saigons indecent end told by the cias chief strategy analyst in vietnam anniversary by snepp, frank, emerson, gloria isbn. However, the government has conceded that the book contains no classified, nonpublic material. Frank warren snepp, iii born may 3, 1943 is a journalist and former chief analyst of north. The ultimate irony was that the cia would later rely on the snepp legal precedent in forcing turner to seek preclearance of his own memoirs, which were highly critical of. Courtesy frank snepp 65, 68 sipa published in 1977, decent interval provided one of the earliest of several revelations about the agency, and the cia sued snepp to prevent publication.758 812 862 624 775 340 1565 199 962 765 852 1526 105 880 949 835 372 1156 136 983 1269 485 953 727 251 659 286 15 1109 146 27 771 1450 641 900 1408 382 922 265 934 207 1044 120 1042 1065 1089