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Secret Book of CIA Humor, The Paperback – September 2, 2011
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Just because they're protecting the government from foreign threats doesn't mean they take themselves too seriously. This collection of true antics from inside the Central Intelligence Agency, one of the most secretive agencies in the world, includes declassified initiation pranks, Photoshop forgeries, training mishaps, and creative practical jokes. A former CIA officer (and mastermind behind some of the included pranks) reveals how intelligent Intelligence operatives are.
From impressionable rookies to computer-savvy tricksters, these unique professionals challenge the James Bond fantasies of espionage. This compilation addresses the problems operatives face, such as what to do when your child gives herself an alias, what phrases to learn when traveling in a terrorist country, and how to choose that perfect surveillance location, all with humor and witty observation.
The information included in this book was provided by the extended Agency family, as well as officers in other U.S. intelligence agencies, currently serving or retired.
Ed Mickolus is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who worked as an analyst, covert action officer, manager, and public affairs officer. He teaches intelligence issues for federal agencies. A recovering standup comic, he often gives presentations on his collection of 1,622 ugly neckties and collects classic automobiles. Mickolus resides in northern Virginia.
Top Customer Reviews
*Note* to non-IC readers: Take it slowly. The humor is often dry and additional detail that fully seasons the recollection is occassionally absent, for reasons of national security - and to protect the tradecraft of a few world class pranksters.
If I had any doubts that CIA employees were the only ones who let off steam or fearlessly dealt with bureaucratic absurdities, Ed has laid my misconceptions to rest by revealing that other agencies--notably DIA, NSA, the State Department, and even the buttoned down FBI--were and are not above jokes, gags, and newbie initiations when tense or absurd situations demanded a dose of levity.
Regrets? Ed had to leave out naming names to protect those who served their country under various covers. But I wish he could have shared with you the willingness of Agency employees to dress up in the week leading up to Halloween and parade in costumes to promote the Combined Federal Campaign each year (the Federal equivalent of the annual United Way charity drive), including a Deputy Director for Intelligence who portrayed a six-foot rabbit.
Letting the general public know about this employee safety valve is a good thing. But beyond that, Ed has let IC member officers know that although their own creative outbursts may have seemed isolated, now their comrades in other agencies will appreciate that we all have common traits and there is another bond that unites us.
Good show, Ed. I look forward to an eventual Volume Two. And yes, we all have other stories.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Needless to say, this book is one of a kind. I can't recommend it strongly enough for any reader interested in the real lives behind the James Bond mystique. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Fats Yamaguchi
The humor in this book is very juvenile. I kept putting it down and reading other books I ordered instead of this. I simply can't recommend it to anyone.Published on August 7, 2013 by ttmadison