is the first authoritative account of the postwar relationship between
General Reinhard Gehlen, a figure unique in the history of espionage,
and American intelligence. Eleven years after the defeat of Germany,
Gehlen, Hitler's chief of eastern front intelligence, became head of
the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) for the democratic West German
government of Konrad Adenauer. The core of his staff in the BND were
the same officers who had served with him under Hitler. The instruments
for this metamorphosis were agencies of Gehlen's former enemy: U.S.
Army Intelligence and the CIA. How did this happen and why? Was there a
Nazi connection? This book answers these questions in detail, combining
the elements of a gripping novel of espionage with solid scholarship
based on U.S. government documents and interviews with former G-2, CIC
and CIA officers.