Where CIA Spies Go When They Need to Conduct Research

CIA spooks that need background research can often find it at the agency’s library. Located at its headquarters in Langley, Virginia the CIA’s library offers access to more than 200 foreign and domestic online databases. Together, they include more than …

The CIA’s Foray Into Commercial Aviation

In the late 1940s, China was in the grip of civil war between the Nationalist government and Maoist insurgents. In 1946, the legendary retired commanding general of the US Fourteenth Air Force Claire Chennault founded an airline company to transport …

Julia Child’s OSS Work on Shark Repellant

The media was in a frenzy about shark attacks at the height of World War II, and the newly formed OSS was called into action to develop a shark repellant. Sharks had attacked at least 20 naval officers since the …