CMU history professor publishes fifth book

John Carter

Central Methodist University professor and long-time Howard County resident John Carter has recently published a new book. “American Aerial Covert Operations During the Early Cold War” examines aerial espionage and covert operations undertaken by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations during the early period of the Cold War, from 1945 to 1960.

The analysis of the vignettes of these spyflight operations are connected to the Cold War development of the American presidency and the modern American intelligence community by two analytic threads. First, is an examination of the relationship between the changing political environment of the American presidency and the struggles of Truman and Eisenhower to assert effective presidential control over these very high-risk operations. Second, the work examines the ways in which the changing politics of the American presidency drove the changing agenda of aerial espionage and covert action intelligence tools during this period and in the process helped to define the role of technical intelligence in the assessment of risk during this volatile period. The book, published by The Edwin Mellen Press will soon be available at both CMU’s Smiley Library, and the Howard County Library.  

Dr. Carter is professor of history and political science and director of graduate studies at Central Methodist University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1980.

He studied political science and literature at Westminster College and holds graduate degrees in political science from the University of Central Missouri and the University of Missouri.

He is the author of four other books on the presidency and the history of the American intelligence community.

He and his wife, Jerri have resided in Howard County for the last thirty years.

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