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Black Man in the CIA [Kindle Edition]

Leutrell M. Osborne Sr. , Gary Revel
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A young man grows up in Washington D.C. seeking adventure and burning with desire to achieve great things. He finds the keys to making his dreams come true are with the Central Intelligence Agency. With his wife and life partner Rose he strikes out on his journey that is remarkable, dangerous as well as fulfilling.

This is his story.

He tells it in his own words; through the prism of his unique life experiences, the Black Man in the CIA.

He worked for the CIA, one of the 17 Departments and Agencies of the National Intelligence Community, in particular, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the Cold War years. Leutrell M. Osborne Sr. (Mike) tells his story to document the former Spy Manager’s history while providing insights for others to understand his rise to becoming a spy manager in the CIA supervising agents and assets in over 30 countries. In addition to that he was the only spy manager who also gained six years of experience in Information Assurance (IA).

Edited by Gary Revel
Book Design by Gary Revel
Cover Design by Gary Revel

Product Details

  • File Size: 460 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1468195360
  • Publisher: Jongleur Music Book Publishing (January 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,257,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Treasure: a Genie's Lamp June 7, 2012
I came upon this book by chance, when I was browsing for books for my classes to write reports on. I came across this book and I thought it would be just a biography of a man who wrote about life in the CIA.
However, I gave it a try and bought the book and I found this exciting adventure about Leutrell Osborne, his life and his beliefs. While I was reading this book I felt knew this man without even meeting him.
This book is a true masterpiece.
Do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance. Like so many things, it is not what is on the outside, but what is on the inside that counts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring January 28, 2013
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Really didn't catch my interest
nothing to really pull me past the first few chapters
may be a better book further on but I'll never know
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By Johnnie
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I gave this book 4 stars, however for the average person may rate it 3-stars. I gave this book 4 stars, because the unique perspective Mr. Osborne brings is different from any spy book I've read. The agency allowed him to write about the racial misconduct displayed towards Blacks during the 50s,60, 70s, and 80s without censoring those sections of the book. For CIA not to sensor something that clearly makes them look bad in hindsight is unprecedented. However, most locations, dates, times, and names were omitted even though it was over 50 years ago. I wish I had read this book earlier in my career. His description of being discriminated against by his Japanese-American Chief of Station really stuck out to me. He explains the pressure of being the only Black case officer in the Station and working his butt off while constantly getting low performance appraisals because of his race. He talks about how Justice Arrow was the 1st African-American case officer in the NCS, which is a good piece of history to note. I enjoyed the story in the book on his tour in Latin-America, which management considered was a safe place to send Black C/Os at the time. I enjoy the entire context around race in the NCS which is still a relevant issue. The NCS should look like the UN, however it doesn't. The books ends on a high note with Mr. Osborne supervising a number of directorates and even desegregating them. The very best part of the book is the chapter where Mr. Osborne talks to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after receiving his Nobel Peace prize. That was a piece of history that has never been recorded until now. The books is very short. It only took me three days to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography February 26, 2013
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Good story but could have been better. Lots of redundancy. However, I did not know we had Blacks in the Spy business that long ago. So from that perspective it was great.
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