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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it for the interrogation expose, stay for the history, January 9, 2014
This review is from: Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA (Hardcover)
I heard about Rizzo's book on NPR, and then read the excerpt from it on Politico. His revelations about how the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (AKA what some call torture) came to be approved by the CIA and Justice Department is getting lots of attention. No matter where you fall politically, Rizzo's account is pretty gripping. What would you do, as a CIA lawyer, in a post-9/11 environment, if your operatives came to you and said, "We need these methods to get vital information." But beyond the War on Terror chapters, this is really a history of the CIA over the past 30 years. Rizzo sheds light on a range of fascinating CIA moments (and outrageous miscues), from Iran Contra, to Aldrich Ames, to Valerie Plame and dozens of others. He may not have been a spy operating out of some far flung outpost, but Rizzo makes the day-to-day functioning of the agency seem interesting in its own right--how the CIA deals with presidents (of all political stripes), Congress, the Justice Department, etc. He's a good writer. There's a lot of voice and personality--not dry at all. Armchair CIA buffs like me, those interested in the law -- you will find a lot to like here, even if you don't like Rizzo's politics.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2014 9:40:24 AM PST
Don Reed says:
I voted "no" on helpful for two reasons.

One, the reviewer goes by a first name only. There is no evidence that it is even "his" actual first name.

This gives me the impression that something's not kosher. Given the subject matter, this is an inexcusable condition. The issue of credibility is the most important factor and it isn't fortified by "Moe" and "Joe" book reviews.

2) "Raymond" has contributed exactly ONE review - this one.

This is the classic indication of a "planted" Amazon review - one written specifically to do one thing - sell copies of the book. And of course, if this is the case, then suspicions inevitable arise that the review was written in exchange for compensation.

Amazon currently hosts MILLIONS of obviously phake product reviews that MUST have been financed by exceptionally well-financed & unscrupulous operations. Is this (the above) one of them?

*****

I've seen the author on the news. He appears to be an honest man. Too bad I don't get the identical impression of the reviewer after having read the above.
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