is an author, and an intelligence expert.
He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting
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in 1971 together with Lucinda Franks
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for his articles on Weatherman (organization)
Weatherman, known colloquially as the Weathermen and later the Weather Underground Organization , was an American radical left organization. It originated in 1969 as a faction of Students for a Democratic Society composed for the most part of the national office leadership of SDS and their...
member Diana Oughton
Diana Oughton was a member of the Students for a Democratic Society Michigan Chapter and later, a member of the 1960s radical group Weatherman. Oughton received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After graduation, Oughton went to Guatemala with the VISA program to teach the young and older...
(1942-1970). He was also the recipient of the Olive Branch
award in 1984 for a cover story on the Cold War that appeared in the Atlantic
, and a 2007 Berlin Prize
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His The Man who kept Secrets: Richard Helms
Richard McGarrah Helms was the Director of Central Intelligence from 1966 to 1973. He was the only director to have been convicted of lying to the United States Congress over Central Intelligence Agency undercover activities. In 1977, he was sentenced to the maximum fine and received a suspended...
and the CIA
(1979) is "widely regarded as one of the best books ever written on the subject of intellenge." In addition to his books, Powers has been a contributor to The New York Review of Books
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,, The Atlantic
, The Los Angeles Times
, The New York Times Book Review
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, The Nation
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, and Rolling Stone
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Born in New York City in 1940, he was a 1958 graduate of Tabor Academy
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. Powers later attended Yale University
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where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in English. At first he worked for the Rome Daily American
in Italy, and then United Press International
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. In 1970 he became a freelance writer.
Powers is married and lives in Vermont. He has three daughters.
- Diana: the making of a terrorist, Houghton Mifflin, 1971, ISBN 9780395123751
- The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, Knopf, 1979, ISBN 9780394507774
- Thinking about the next war, Knopf, 1982, ISBN 9780394528311
- The Confirmation, Knopf, 2000, ISBN 9780375400209, a novel
Powers is "a great journalistic anthropologist. In possibly the best book ever written about the C.I.A, “The Man Who Kept the Secrets,” Powers took the reader on a fascinating journey into the world of secret intelligence gathering and covert action. The C.I.A. was, at least in the early years of the cold war, a tribe as mysterious and exotic as the Great Plains Sioux of the 1870s. And Powers tells us much that is revealing and often moving about the Sioux in their last days as free warriors".