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". . .a commendable report on agency life. A fascinating though somewhat censored memoir that also serves as an organizational critique of the CIA.---Kirkus Reviews
"Fresh sharp and funny. Costanzo comes in from the cold to reveal a CIA far more interesting than any Hollywood fiction. . .Aside from being a good history of the organization's management, My CIA is a fine career guide for any young person doing interesting work in a frustrating system.---ForeWord Reviews.
"Not only a good read but the best informed book on the CIA of the hundreds I've perused,"---W. Scott Thompson, Professor Emeritus of International Politics, Fletches School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts.
Served in the Central Intelligence Agency for 25 years retiring as a senior operations officer in 1991. Collected information and monitored political, economic and security developments in various countries in Europe, the Near East, Africa and Latin America. Headed own independent office overseas on four occasions in the Near East, Africa and Latin America. During Washington assignments, headed regional branches and operations groups in the Near Eastern and Latin American areas. Monitored all Latin American narcotics matters. Oversaw budgets up to eight figures. Worked with several European, Latin American, and African intelligence services as the representative of the Director of Central Intelligence, and dealt on an ongoing basis with various foreign governments at the highest levels. Conducted and supervised training of American and foreign officials in intelligence techniques. Decorated with the Intelligence Star. Awarded the intelligence certificate of merit as well as several commendations.
Mr Costanzo was definitely a dedicated pro in his various positions with the CIA. During the early stages of reading the book, I began to think he was just another whiner. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Larry L Crippen
If you can handle this character's ego, go for it. If I had to read sine non one more time I would vomit. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Juan Noriega
If you were not already skeptical about the value the average American family derives from the CIA, this book will convert you. But it's a dry, dry read. No juice. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alexis Rieffel
This book was written by a man who spent twenty five years in the service of his country and working for the CIA. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Toe Tag
It seems that in every profession there are two sets of rules; the written, official rules and the reality. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nathaniel Ehrlich
I found this book to be very eye opening about the culture of the CIA. It is a must read for anyone considering employment with the CIA.Published 17 months ago by Rayne Police Detective
Until now, the majority of books written about life in the CIA's Clandestine Service have either been very general, or written by system careerists who portray it in glowing terms,... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Triumphrider1453
Costanzo is an entertaining and detailed writer. His credentials are first rate and he has led a well-described charmed life. I highly recommend buying it.Published 19 months ago by Kevin M. Volz
I never was really interested in cloak and dagger. But this easy to read autobiographical explanation of the workings of the CIA was both interesting, informative, and at times... Read morePublished 20 months ago by J. Briley