Steven Ruth retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in October of 2009 and soon thereafter began writing his memoir about his twenty years as a CIA Officer.
Mr. Ruth served in four war zones: Central America, Bosnia, Gulf War I (Persian Gulf War) and Gulf War II (Iraq war). He has visited or lived in over thirty countries - in some awful living conditions and in some extremely nice places as well. His experiences, both good and bad, are detailed in his memoir. Mr. Ruth's goal in writing his memoir was to "tell my story" on what it's like working for the CIA such as: Having to lie to friends and family about the true nature of his work; being hit by a landmine; supporting war efforts; and 9/11 and how he and the CIA reacted on this fateful day.
Mr. Ruth provides humorous aspects throughout the book's twenty-eight chapters of living overseas, interacting with people of different cultures and eating exotic foods. Most other books written by former CIA Officers detail one or two specific events. This book is different in that the author provides insight into a whole career, from hiring to retirement, from the mundane to the exciting, to give the reader the full experience of what it's like to be a CIA Officer.
Mr. Ruth's memoir is a must read for anyone considering joining the CIA or for anyone who wants to know more about the most secretive organization in the world.