Waterboarding terrorist suspects, CIA raids in Pakistan, andthe truth about the invasion of Iraq—one CIA agent’sshocking true story!
Long before the waterboarding controversy exploded in the media,one CIA agent had already gone public. In a groundbreaking 2007interview with ABC News, John Kiriakou defined waterboardingas torture—but still admitted that it probably was effective. Thisbook, at once a confessional, an adventure story, and a chronicle ofKiriakou’s life in the CIA, stands as an important, eloquent pieceof testimony from a committed American patriot. Kiriakou takesus into the fight against an enemy fueled by fanaticism, chillinglyrecounting what it was like inside the CIA headquarters on themorning of 9/11, the agency leaders who stepped up and those whoprotected their careers, and, in what may be the book’s most shockingrevelation, how the White House made plans to invade Iraq afull year before the CIA knew about it—or could attempt to stop it.
Chronicling both mind-boggling mistakes and heroic acts of individualcourage, The Reluctant Spy is essential reading for anyonewho wishes to understand the inner workings of the U.S. intelligenceapparatus, the truth behind the torture debate, and the incrediblededication of ordinary men and women doing one of themost extraordinary jobs on earth.