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Waffle House Diaries [Kindle Edition]

Wayne Smith
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Book Description

During thirty years of enforcing federal drug laws, Wayne Smith encountered exhilarating victories, frustrating obstructions, and dangerous confrontations. In this book he describes memorable events, along with the people who worked with him on local, state, and federal levels. He carries the reader from Atlanta to San Francisco to El Paso to Bolivia and places in between in his quest to make the country a little safer for those whose lives are touched by drug abuse or drug trafficking.

Product Details

  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615610544
  • Publisher: Bluehotel Press (July 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H4GOA6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,076 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way it was July 8, 2012
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In a style that evokes Robert Parker or Elmore Leonard, Wayne Smith describes the explosion of the drug war into the American culture. He was there before the DEA was the DEA, and tells the story from the perspective of a warrior. Wayne doesn't try to justify the war, or even spend any real time on the politics. He tells the story as it happened with humor and grace. He offers his own insights into the people, the places, and the events. If you are, have ever been or ever hope to be a narcotics agent you should read this book. If you are now, have ever been or hope to be close to a narcotics agent--read the book. It goes a long way in explaining the frustration and the fulfillment of doing a dirty, thankless job. And it goes a long way to explain why a hand full of us take a word that was so often spit at us, and wear it with pride. He was, is, and forever will be a "Narc".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tellin' it like it really was on the front lines! July 4, 2012
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This isn't the first book by a retired federal drug agent by far, but Wayne tells the stories, many humorous, some tragic, with the inside knowledge of someone that was there on the frontlines for an entire career.

He is dead right about so many people and things, including Alice Lee. When I called her on a portable radio from a cockpit filled with smoke and told her to call Peachtree-Dekalb Airport to alert them that we were coming in for an emergency landing with an electrical fire and no instruments, she offered to give me their number.

There's no management spin here spewing the latest statistics amassed for the next budget submission to Congress, just the view from ground level, where decisions weren't made with the luxury of hindsight. It's a gritty, down in the trenches, account of what life, and occasionally death were like starting from the beginning of the government's "War on Drugs". The debate about whether or not we in fact made a difference will go on far beyond the foreseeable future but Wayne's real life accounts offer the reader an unvarnished look at life inside drug law enforcement as it actually was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 25, 2012
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This account of real-life cases during thirty years with the Department of Justice reflects the beginning enthusiasm and hopes of a young idealistic agent and fades into an inevitable "no country for old men" reality. What endures, however, is a keen insight into justice in a world where it sometimes seems in short supply. Although these interrelated vignettes contain some violence, they never glamorize it and they contain no heroes. Instead, they reveal the human side of agents who put their lives in jeopardy on a regular basis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Down and Dirty! November 20, 2012
By Gina
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I started reading Wayne Smith's book and intentionally read slowly ......... I didn't want it to end. Having worked for the Feds for a little while I knew exactly what he was talking about with all the endless vouchers and paperwork!!! Wayne has written a very good book relating the trials and triumphs of working as a "Narc". I think we sometimes forget that the war on drugs goes way back before meth, etc. It's good to know that there were men like Wayne ready to meet it head on. Sometimes good trumps evil - sometimes not. Wayne's book details both. The good, the bad and the ugly. His experiences comes to life in this book and I would definitely give it 5 stars! Want a good book to chill-lax with during the upcoming holidays? This one's for you. Waiting on next installment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hitting The Bricks October 4, 2012
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Having walked in the author's shoes I can guarantee that the way Wayne Smith tells it is the way it was. The book moves as fast as we did and relates stories that will stick with you.

From the long days and weeks away from home while our wives thanklessly raised our kids alone, to the absurdly bureaucratic machinations they put us through for the sake of their hallowed statistics, the DEA and its predecessor agencies sucked us dry.

Follow the author as he slogs through a never ending case load in which sometimes he won and sometimes he didn't. Want to know what it was like being a Federal Narcotics Agent? Read Waffle House Diaries--it'll tell you everything you need to know. We grumbled, but hell, being a DEA Special Agent was the best job in the world. Despite the thankless working conditions we loved it and probably most of us still would if we could only go back to kick just one... more... door...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like a visit with an old friend... July 9, 2012
Yesterday, I sat down with an old friend, Wayne Smith. All day I listened to his tales of working as a "Narc". As a child of the sixties, that word always held a negative connotation. No longer. Wayne tells his stories as if he is sitting across from me at the dinner table. They are poignant, honest, and true. I've known the author for about 20 years now, and can hear his voice in every phrase. The book is as true to life as can be, and full of Wayne's sense of humor. What a great guy. What a great read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great recounting of career episodes September 21, 2012
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Mr. Smith draws great word pictures. The reader can see the scene and even the expressions on Wayne's face as he encounters the varied situations in what had to be an adventuresome career, replete with humor, graphic descriptions, routine operations, some frustrations, some rewards, and the inevitable disappointments. Through it all there is always the same esprit de corps necessary to do this type of work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recomend this to any reader thats interested in law...
Great book enjoyed reading it very much . A true account of how things really work in law enforcement.
Published 3 months ago by WILLIAM A BURTT
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing, wish there was more about Waffle House
I really enjoyed Wayne's writing style and how he tells his stories that trace his work through the years. It's engaging and informative, and of course funny. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Evan
5.0 out of 5 stars Narc's keep pretty busy.
We all live exciting lives, but this gives a good insight a Narc's life...very interesting.
Published 7 months ago by Bill Meetze
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked this book and wish to thank the author for ...
I read this book from start to finish on an airplane and found it to be quite enjoyable. It was an interesting insight into the day to day life of a DEA agent. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JH1986
5.0 out of 5 stars DEA book
This book was written by a friend if mine who documented what went on at the DEA during the 1970,s.
Published 11 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, well written, from someone that has something to say.
Up front, let it be known that I know the author and like him. When I received this book, honestly, I had some doubts. Wayne never struck me as an author. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Charles R. Cheshire II
5.0 out of 5 stars An Agent's recollection with the Feds
Very good stories told first hand by a DEA agent. Interesting, colorful, and humorous in parts. Well written. Kept you wanting to read the next episode. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bebe Walls
5.0 out of 5 stars Whew! Great Read!
So, in respect of all readers, I know Wayne. Having said that, I recommend this book. The voice is authentically Wayne's; reads as though you are sitting in Wayne's house,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew R. Belcher
3.0 out of 5 stars a southern cop tells most
This is a memoir of a cop. A bunch of stories about 'getting the bad guy's'. It's well written and edited. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jason C.Sharpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insider account of "War on Drugs"
"Waffle House Diaries" is a good book, with a sense of humor and honesty you normally don't expect from government officials. Read more
Published 16 months ago by James Pickard
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