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INSIDE THE COMPANY: CIA DIARY Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 660 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 1, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055326012X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553260120
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 3.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yoda on August 9, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was first published around the time when the CIA was viewed as the devil incarnate. The book reflects this view of the CIA by its author primarily through the author's very detailed (and interesting) description of the operations he was involved or aware of. A very detailed business. The details of secret operations are more fascinating than anything that can be found in a John La Carre novel. The book is also serves as a very interesting autobiography. The author joins the CIA in order to fight communism but becomes so disillusioned that he decides to fight the organization that he was previously such a strong proponent. THis turn is also fascinating.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TLR on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Agee was a former CIA officer who became disillusioned with US foreign policy and became a radical socialist and critic of US foreign policy. Inside the Company was one of the first insider exposes on the CIA. He named numerous officers and agents who were working undercover for the CIA in other countries. He worked for the Agency for 12 years in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. He disclosed that many top political and media figures in those countries were on the CIA payroll. He explains that the CIA's main goal is to guarantee "a favorable foreign-investment climate for US industry." (Playboy 8/1975)

Agee would later testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He told the HSCA that he had heard rumors to the effect that Lee Harvey Oswald had been employed by the CIA, but said that it would have been under a cryptonym that would be difficult to trace. He also said that if Oswald had been an agent, he would expect that all records of it would have been destroyed immediately after the assassination.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Plinio Marcio Moroni on December 5, 2013
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This is one of the most interesting books i have ever read,it was written by a CIA defector in the 70s,in the book the author describes his life in the agency since his humble beginnings in the 50s,how he was recruited,trained and indoctrinated with a lot of names and numbers,the whole process fascinates me,i read and re-read this book probably more than 20 times.
It was the middle of the cold war and things were complicated,at some point the author decides to defect to the communist block because of "moral precepts and disagreeances" with the directives of the agency,so he says,wich i don't buy.
Well,anyways,the book is written in a kind of denounce tone,trying to point out the supposed moral flexibility of the agency and the dubious reasons involved in the operations overseas.
So this guy betrayed his country defecting behind the iron curtain because of supposed moral precepts in the middle of the cold war,and tries to justify writting a book,that's lame...
The book is very interesting towards explaining how the CIA used to operate,that's why i gave it 4 stars not because of the author and his stories.
Nevertheless,long story short,this book had a reverse effect in me making me find a new grown respect and admiration for the CIA.
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33 of 53 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Philip Agee does a wonderful job of unmasking the villains and personel of the CIA. It is written in a diary format, with each occasion listed to the exact date. Philip Agee was a former CIA agent positioned in Ecuador. His story depicts how the Company goes about their business and describes what their business is.
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