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Against All Enemies: An American's Cold War Journey Paperback – August 7, 2013
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But let me be clear, while I never took the term "Betrayal" personally, I can professionally accept that many in the military and intelligence fields will never forgive Jeff his transgressions. I'm not one of them, but then, I've always approached investigations knowing the people I chased were at a disadvantage, sociologically speaking. They had flaws in their character that they were not able to overcome with common sense and intellect. The best criminals are very bright, but deem themselves brighter than those who follow society's rules.
I first met Jeff at a party when we were both assigned to Goodfellow AFB in Texas. I was an OSI Agent who was dating someone within his circle of friends and co-workers. Some time later, he came to my office to make a report of a contact with persons from a criteria country, as was the requirement at the time. Jeff and I were never friends. Merely acquaintances. I theorize that my suddenly becoming a peripheral part of his life, served to heighten his paranoia that he was being watched.
When his world began to unravel, because of his clearance being pulled, my office was made aware that his commander had some concerns. When Jeff fled to Mexico City, both my supervisor and I were convinced Jeff had been involved in espionage and defected. Oddly, getting anyone in the OSI Counter Espionage hierarchy to accept it, or for that matter, even entertain the notion, was like trying to break into Fort Knox. I've always felt that valuable time had been wasted with this ridiculous infighting and in the end circumstances bore that out.Read more ›
That said, there are typos and grammar errors on every other page. There are references to acronyms or agencies that are never explained. A good editor could have trimmed about 200-300 pages, and improved the quality. Carney's narrative makes it reasonably clear that he resists authority figures and experts telling him what to do, so perhaps agents and editors have tried to talk sense into him but somehow he went his own way by self-publishing instead. That is a shame because this story deserves a larger audience. I'm glad I read this.
I bought this book out of curiosity. I had stumbled onto Carney's website and found photographs of familiar places (e.g. Defense Language Institute in Monterey). While the book is a decent read, despite the grammar mistakes, misspellings, and factual inaccuracies mentioned by other reviewers, it did not succeed in making me feel sorry for Carney. As a matter of fact, the old proverb about making your bed and lying in it often came to mind. Carney created his own problems, and although I give him credit for owning up to what he did, I'm not sure if I can forgive him his putting other lives at risk for his own personal gain. Throughout the book, Carney states that his motivation was not financial, and that he accepted no money from his handlers. (Other times he wrote that he did reluctantly accept hundreds of West German marks.) His motivation was ideological. It was also selfish. Looking for a better life for himself undoubtedly had a negative impact on the lives of others.
The book is also full of propaganda.Read more ›
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A must read for those interested in reading history that is not included in the history books. Where else can you get this type of perspective? I would like to see more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Christopher Hiles
This guy is a total nut bag! He writes about as well as he spied. What a sad, pathetic person.Published 13 months ago by Katie H.
Carney's book caught my eye because I grew up in West Berlin, although before Carney was stationed there. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Berlin_W_15
I never knew Jeff Carney in Berlin, but it's difficult to trust anyone these days. No doubt, Mr. Carney had a bad time of it because of his personal choices, but that's not anyone... Read morePublished 20 months ago by southasia
I had studied in Germany (West) in the 1970s and also visited the DDR/GDR. I found the story of life in the DDR of a person originally from a western country working for the DDR... Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Eurasius
A candid and original account of the moral case to choose to be a spy, and the consequences to face.Published on October 21, 2013 by Andrew Thomas
After I read the book, I recommend it.
You can stand to the author, as you want. One can better understand why he did what he did, if you read the book. Read more
Here is the reason I chose this rating. While the story is gripping, there are so many spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar. This for me spoils the flow of story. Read morePublished on October 4, 2013 by Barry J. Freeman