David M. Barrett, Ph. D.
Department of Political Science

262 St. Augustine Center
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4128


The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story From Truman to Kennedy
    my new book being published September 1, 2005.
“A rich and fabulous story…”--Thomas Powers
“Truly groundbreaking…” --Louis Fisher
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To learn about the de-classified CIA
internal history, The Official History of the Bay
of Pigs Operation, vol. 3: Evolution of CIA’s
Anti-Castro Policies, 1951-January 1961,

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  • B. A., University of Notre Dame, 1973
  • M.A., University of Essex (England), 1985
  • Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1990

My c.v.

Courses frequently taught

Research interests

Archival research and theoretical analyses of Presidents, Congress, and national security policies, especially related to

  • (a) Congressional oversight of intelligence agencies, especially from 1947 through the early 1970s
  • (b) President Lyndon Johnson and the Vietnam War

Research support grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Political Science Association, the Dirksen Congressional Center, the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, and Villanova's Office of Research and Sponsored Projects.


  • Book:  The CIA and Congress: The Untold Story from Truman to Kennedy (forthcoming, 2005, University Press of Kansas). Sample previously classified documents.
  • Book: Lyndon B. Johnson's Vietnam Papers: A Documentary Collection, (1997, Texas A & M University Press). An edited collection of 600 previously classified documents, including notes of White House meetings, transcripts and notes of phone calls, diary entries, etc., which give an intimate look at LBJ's White House deliberations. Most of these documents have not been previously published in any book. View sample documents. Comments from pre-publication reviews: "It will prove an invaluable aid to anyone who has a research interest in America's involvement in Vietnam...anyone with more than a passing interest in Vietnam will find it a useful addition to his or her library. It will be a must-have item for all graduate, undergraduate, and public libraries." "Offers a highly useful collection of materials which closes many of the gaps in the Pentagon Papers. It will make good reading on its own, and is likely to have considerable use in history and political science classes."
  • Journal article: "Glimpses of a Hidden History: Senator Richard Russell, Congress, and Oversight of the CIA," The International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, vol. 11, no. 3, Fall 1998, pp. 271-298. Focusing on the Eisenhower era, this is a shorter, but more up-to-date version of the above paper.

  • Book: Uncertain Warriors: Lyndon Johnson and His Vietnam Advisers, (Univ. Press of Kansas, 1993). $35. Published in paperback, 1994. $12.95 ISBN: 0-7006-0612-2 (cloth), 0-7006-0631-9 paper. Read what reviewers had to say about this publication.
  • Book chapters in: John Dumbrell, The Making of U.S. Foreign Policy (Manchester University Press and St. Martin's Press, 1990: rev. edition, 1997) and Harold Relyea, ed., The Executive Office of the President, 1997, Greenwood Press.
  • Co-authored article, "The Senate Judiciary Committee and Supreme Court Nominees," The Journal of Politics (August 1994).