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Errand into the Wilderness of Mirrors: Religion and the History of the CIA

Michael Graziano


This book explores how the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and its spiritual successor the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), studied and engaged religious traditions around the world in the service of US national security. Between World War II and the 1979 Iranian Revolution, OSS and the CIA honed this strategy in the context of two thriving discourses in American culture: a renewed attention to religious pluralism as well as a newfound national interest in “world religions.” These efforts came to represent what this book calls the “religious approach” to intelligence, a term borrowed fro ... More

Keywords: Central Intelligence Agency, Office of Strategic Services, religion, Cold War, American religious history, world religions, espionage, Catholicism, national security, World War II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226767406
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226767543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Graziano, author
University of Northern Iowa