on August 9, 2013
This book was first published around the time when the CIA was viewed as the devil incarnate. The book reflects this view of the CIA by its author primarily through the author's very detailed (and interesting) description of the operations he was involved or aware of. A very detailed business. The details of secret operations are more fascinating than anything that can be found in a John La Carre novel. This reviewer does not know whether the author had a photographic memory or took detailed notes but either way the book contains a lot o specifics regarding operations and means. This great detail, alone, makes the book worth reading.
The book also serves as a very interesting autobiography. The author joins the CIA in order to fight communism but becomes so disillusioned that he decides to fight the organization that he was previously such a strong proponent of. THis turn is also fascinating. The power of disillusionment and cynicism are clearly shown in the author's development and in such an occupation.