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Vietnam Spook Show Mass Market Paperback – July 30, 1989


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804103720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804103725
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,698,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Vietnam Spook Show is exactly the type of book that the
NSA (National Security Agency) would like to ban, and it
no doubt gave the NSG (Naval Security Group)
fits as well. It's an incisive look into the lonely, stressed
and twisted life style that Cryptologic Technicians (Interpretive)
suffer through, from their days in language school through
the high stress experience of invisible responsibility for
others' lives at the end of a passive radio link.

Set in in the era of Vietnam, it is a timeless story of
how the intelligence community eats it's young and disposes
of the remains in unmarked graves. I read this book in one
sitting, and several other "ex-spooks" I know did the same.
Wayne Care is one of us, and he speaks for all of us. If you,
or someone you love, has had a hard time dealing with the
reality of a post intelligence life, this book might just
offer the insight a civilian therapist needs to help them.

Well written, wry and extraordinarily moving in it's grasp
of what "in the weeds" intelligence collection does to the
collectors, this book is a must read for potential spooks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LGD Nevada on February 6, 2005
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I am also shocked that the G let this book see ink. It is an excellent portrayal of what spooks go through, the stess and the isolation.

Coming back from that and out of the wilderness of mirrors is no cakewalk, and yes, this book should be required reading for every wannabe spook or intel junkie out there, as well as therapists helping former intel people. My copies all arrived quickly from Amazon approved dealers and were in excellent condition. I would highly recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EARLES L. MCCAUL on March 24, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Care was there, his book describes it was it was, only the names have been changed (yes, it's "fictional" but only in the legal sense).

His book accurately carries you along with Craig Nostrums' naive entry into the Navy to his hardened and cynic exit, with details along the way that must have made officers, enlisted and NSA reviewers wince. Parts of his story will remind you of Joseph Hellers' "Catch-22" while other parts will remind you of Robert Hookers' "MASH" and still others will seem right out of "Mister Roberts"--good versus bad, over-worked enlisted versus uninformed officers. But, Mr. Care also accurately portraits what the Navy and the Vietnam war did to those who could "see" the Kings' new clothes for what they really were. You learned to cope, each in their own way, some successfully, others not.

If you, too, were there, you need to read this book, if for no other reason that to "remember" for yourself. His SERE school segment is spot on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Magill on August 1, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a very iteresting inside look at the Elint war in Viet-Nam. Beginning at language school at the Monterey Presideo, the author takes us through training and then active duty in Viet-Nam as an intercept operator.
I'm a bit amazed that the book was cleared by the U.S. government for publication (?), but it brought back a lot of memories for many of us who did the same work.
Well done!
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