For a quick-read synopsis of some of the more famous espionage episodes during the last 60 years, Newsweek has put together a nice little package. Some of these are truly classics. Others I wasn’t aware of.
TP-Ajax is one I’ve read about several times. The CIA really pulled out all the stops to create a coup to overthrow the Iranian Prime Minister in 1953. The plan was an abject failure, except that it actually worked. The CIA was now in the regime change business.
Patrice Lumumba was another classic. After taking control of the Congo in 1960, Lumumba made enemies everywhere and was taken out by a smorgasbord of Begium, Congo and CIA operatives. Of course the Congo then endured the benefits of 30 years of leadership by Mobutu Sese Seko. Many thanks for that, to be sure.
Espionage fans will recall learning about “The Family Jewels” CIA documents released in 1993 detailing the many, many assassination on Fidel Castro by the CIA. My favorite is still the depilatory salts put in/on his shoes in an attempt to get his beard to to fall off therefore emasculating the man, the myth. Amazing.