When he was in college in 1971, Haas was recruited by the CIA. After extensive field training, he embarked on a life of deception, double-dealing, and (he admits this freely) murder. But, oddly enough, that's not the focus of his autobiography. Instead, Haas emphasizes the toll his profession took on his personal life. The challenges of maintaining a cover identityhis included being an English teacher and part owner of a health clubare, we learn, extremely taxing. Living the kind of life that requires lying constantly about who you are and what you believe can cause enormous pressure to build, and it's no surprise that Haas' life story includes alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression. Spy-genre fans will eat up the details regarding the author's top-secret missions into foreign countries, but it's the book's discussion of the difficulties of balancing public and private lives that gives it weight. An important addition to the espionage literature. Pitt, David
“Often reads like the latest entry from Ludlum or Le Carré…fascinating.”
"Haas's tale is definitely entertaining. . . .[his] insights into the cultures he encounters are often engrossing, and he goes into fascinating detail about aspects of his 'profession.' "
“An incredible story of derring-do well told, including international intrigue, assassination, and deception, with a dash of Hells Angels and personal redemption mixed in. Not only does Haas reaffirm the old adage that ‘truth is stranger than fiction,’ but his is an account likely to cause considerable heartburn at the CIA, for which he worked as a contract employee for nearly three decades.”
“The story of our government’s role in using highly trained professionals to do certain unsavory but very necessary types of undercover/clandestine missions is not often pretty but has been in need of telling for some time. I can’t think of a more knowledgeable and experienced person to tell that very important story than Roland Haas.”
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