Who the Hell are we Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam intelligence Wars, (2006), by C. Michael Hiam.
C. Michael Hiam was born in 1962 in Boston. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and Massachusetts, and has authored and coauthored a number scientific article. In 2006, his first book, a biography of a CIA analyst active during the Vietnam War, “Who the Hell are we Fighting? The Story of Sam Adams and the Vietnam intelligence Wars,” was published by Steerforth Press
In this book, the author talks about Sam Adams, a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1973, had a passion for accuracy and a huge problem with the Pentagon’s estimates of Viet Cong forces during the Vietnam War. Responsible for the daily enemy assessment report, Adams believed that the U.S. brass was consistently fabricating low numbers of South Vietnamese Communist soldiers to demonstrate supposed progress against the enemy. Hiam chronicles Adams’ growing conflict with his superiors. He arrived at the Agency in 1963 after a brief spell as a “downwardly mobile WASP” in the outside world. By his own account Sam’s bosses were calling him “the outstanding analyst” in the Agency after he has been there only three years. In another three years, they were badging him to resign. “Adams’ story raises questions about the relationship between intelligence and policy that persist to this day.”
Sam was good-looking, brilliant, endlessly curious and inventive, and a glutton for research. He has a wonderfully self-deprecating sense of humor. Hiam traces Adams’s strong and stubborn personality to his childhood days in boarding schools, including Saint Mark’s School in Westborough, Massachusetts. “He was a bit of slacker, but when he put his mind t something, he focused completely on it.” He slouched through Harvard undergraduate, served in the Navy, and attended Harvard Law School, where he either dropped out or was kicked out after his second year. At the age of 30, he joined the Agency and loved...
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