- Hardcover: 639 pages
- Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T); American ed edition (July 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883730286
- ISBN-13: 978-0883730287
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.7 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Inside the Company: CIA Diary Hardcover – July, 1975
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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.
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.
Good or bad, this book was a product of its times, and I understand that. It wasn't fashionable in the 1970s to spy, and there were some controls needed on CIA.
However, I think Agee goes too far in releasing secrets.
Agee takes the reader through recruitment, training and CIA life. If he had stopped there and left out designations, cover and agent names it would be a sort of dry but informative work.
Aldrich Ames sold names and operations for money to the Soviet Union. Phil Agee sold them to a book publisher. I see little difference.