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A Spy For All Seasons: My Life in the CIA Paperback – August 13, 2002
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Despite the informative and interesting nature of his memoir, it is entirely self-serving. Now, of course, most memoirs are. But Clarridge comes off as defensive, hurt and looking to bully his critics. A number of passages read less like a memoir than a tirade from a bar stool.
Nevertheless, for anyone interested in espionage and intelligence, this book is a great read.
Both my family and Clarridge witnessed the attack on the sailors from the USS Enterprise in May 1968 when rioting students from the Istanbul Technical University attacked the sailors as they came ashore on the European side of the Bosphuros. Like Clarridge said, long before you ever heard about Abu Nidal, Mohammed Abul Abbass or Usama Bin Laden, we witnessed what would arrive on American shores 33 years later--Islamic terrorism.
My younger brother used to play with Dewey's son, Tariq, and when my parents had dinner parties, Mr. Clarridge would come over to our home on the outskirts of Istanbul. I spoke with my father and told him about the book. My father feels that Dewey embellished some particulars in the book, but he wouldnt specify exactly what was exaggerated. My mother hates Dewey and has called him ''the devil incarnate''. Such is the nature of a left of center liberal.
What Clarridge did with the Central American situation was his crowning achievement .
You might want to take note of Dewey's predictions and warnings at the end of the book which was published in 1999--Islamic terrorism is coming to the United States.
For those of you disloyal creeps that deride Dewey Clarridge--what have you done to protect the United States? Gone to a peace proest in the park or something? Please take note that since what Mr. Clarridge suggested has fallen out of favor, our security and economic situation has gotten worse.
I do not defend Willliam Webster in any way. But for Clarridge to state that breaking laws is "why we're in business" is an outrageous statement, and indicative of his views about the impunity with which the CIA often acts.
It's a detailed and well-researched book, but the author's shameless repetition of his so-important role in Agency operations and his obvious contempt for certain groups of Americans is a huge turn-off.
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in a normal world, supporting, training and funding regimes that carry out genocide on political opponents would be tried in the hague and sentensed to death.. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Romgard
Fabulous read full of interesting insights and well worth the time! Do enjoy and make sure you share with others.Published on January 19, 2014 by Kathy Lubbers
Given the well-documented relationship between organized crime and the CIA, it's not surprising that Clarridge comes across (in John Pilger's documentary "War on Democracy") as not... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by TLR
This sick man worked for the CIA for a number of years and was involved with the overturning of the Chilean government, specifically Chavez who was clearly for democracy and the... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by SISKEL