Title: To Move A Nation
Author: Roger Hilsman
Hilsman, Roger (1967). To Move A Nation: The Politics of Foreign Policy in The Administration of John F. Kennedy. Garden City, NY: Doubleday
Date Updated: February 28, 2017
This is a review by the Defense Intelligence School.
Hilsman, [at one time] Director of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs under President Kennedy, writes on the “politics of foreign policy in the Kennedy Administration.” Parts III and V on President Kennedy and the CIA and “The Cuban Missile Crisis” are of particular interest. Hilsman’s comments are highly subjective and frequently provocative and debatable. Even for those who disagree with the author, the book provides an insight into the intelligence activities of the critical years of the early 1960s as viewed by the then Director, INR.
Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf
The author, who was head of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the State Department, discusses intelligence during the Kennedy administration in addition to covert operations in Laos, Cuba, the Congo, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. Hilsman argues that covert operations were both oversold and overused during the cold war period. See also the annotation for this book in chapter 5, section A.
 Defense Intelligence School (1981). Bibliography of Intelligence Literature: A Critical And Annotated Bibliography of Open-Source Literature (7th ed, rev.). Washington, DC: Defense Intelligence School, p. 31
 Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 213