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Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government Paperback – Bargain Price, October 26, 2010
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"Plame spent a courageous and honorable career on the front lines of terrorism only to come home and meet the ultimate betrayal, her own country -- unethical politicians and unscrupulous journalists. Plame's story is a modern odyssey, a cautionary tale that should make Americans think twice before sacrificing their patriots." -- Lobert Baer, Former CIA Case Officer and the author of See No Evil and Sleeping With The Devil
"Plame had a front-row seat on both the politicization of pre-war intelligence and White House efforts to stem post-invasion criticism....[She] can be viewed as a canary in the proverbial coal mine, and her book reads like a grim testament to the noxious atmosphere of our current politics." -- The Boston Globe
"Fair Game -- which takes its title from Karl Rove's phrase about the legitimacy of blowing Ms. Wilson's professional camouflage -- describes how intense stress wrought havoc on the Wilsons' marriage, not to mention Ms. Wilson's state of mind....[And] she powerfully evokes the disbelief, fury and uncharacteristic terror that came with being outed. " -- The New York Times
"...Plame's own account of her life reveals her as a patriotic true believer in the CIA and its mission. " -- Los Angeles Times
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There are some excellent books by former CIA agents and appointed personnel. A very long book that I'd recommend is the biographical one by George Tenet: At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA. Tenet explains the politics associated with intelligence from the highest levels. He shows how intelligence is shaped by politics in the real world, not the other way around as in textbooks.
I highly recommend all of Robert Baer's books, especially: See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism. Baer shows how the real agents operate far from home and with high professionalism and sacrifice that you can't find at headquarters (to be honest, not critical).
The most entertaining CIA biography in my opinion is that of Antonio Mendez: The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA. Mendez was a tradecraft guru.
Fortunately, there are a lot of good books available to understand how intelligence agencies operate and in particular to know the kind of sacrifices made by the agents and operatives.
The redactions are exhaustive and distracting--even to a reader of many CIA books. Although I appreciate the Afterword by Laura Rozen, I think her piece should have been in the form of footnotes, rather than a separate part, so the reader had a readily available picture of events. Moreover, a non-fiction book without an index is inexcusable in my opinion. Last, although I greatly sympathize, the chapter on postpartum depression was way too exhaustive. If I wanted a book about postpartum depression, I would have bought one.
Although this book left too many question unanswered (especially regarding the trial of Libby), I am very glad Mrs. Plame wrote it and I am likewise glad I read it. This is a compelling story about treason (yes, I wrote it) in the White House. Bush, Cheney, and Libby should feel ashamed by their blind cruelty and abuse of power that threatened not only Mrs. Plame's security, but our national security as well. This was an impeachable and removable offense. It's a shame that did not happen. At least a movie was made to embarrass these officials. Moreover, I imagine God's judgment will be more just.
This book had to be approved by the CIA before it was published to make sure Valerie wasn't writing about top secret information, I guess. Because there are portions of sentences, whole paragraphs and even whole pages that are blacked out, it makes the beginning of the book (the first 150 pages) seem disjointed.
To me the book was more about Valerie Plame Wilson telling her side of the story that we heard about in the news. I hope she felt better after getting if off her chest and onto paper.
It's an interesting look into what goes on in the world of politics (from what you could see - that wasn't blacked out).
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I don't believe in required anything but this book is at the top of my suggested reading list.Published 5 months ago by Dennis Servaes
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