The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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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.

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Review: The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

User Review  - Sharon Love - Goodreads

Enjoyed this book, but it glazed the surface of what I was expecting. Did not go into much detail except to imply our government condones torture when it is to our benefit. This, we already new. It is not something I would recommend to others as a fact finding read, but it was easy to read. Read full review

Review: The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

User Review  - John - Goodreads

Actually I just didn't feel the book deserved 4 stars. I liked it well enough to finish it through, but that's about it. Much of the book is a rant from a unhappy, frustrated CIA operative doing some whisleblowing. I wouldn't waste your money on this one. Read full review

About the author (2012)

John Kiriakou is a senior staff member in the United StatesSenate. He served in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1990 to2004, first as an analyst and later as a counterterrorism operationsofficer. He was later named the executive assistant to the CIArsquo;s AssociateDeputy Director for Operations, in which capacity he wasintimately involved in planning the Iraq War. His op-eds on theMiddle East and Afghanistan have appeared in more than eightynewspapers in dozens of countries. He lives in Washington, DC.

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