The Reluctant Spy

The Reluctant Spy

My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

Book - 2009 | 1st ed
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Long before the waterboarding controversy exploded in the media, one CIA agent had already gone public. In a groundbreaking 2007 interview with ABC News, John Kiriakou called waterboarding torture--but admitted that it probably worked. This book, at once a confessional, an adventure story, and a chronicle of Kiriakou's life in the CIA, stands as an important, eloquent piece of testimony from a committed American patriot.

In February 2002 Kiriakou was the head of counterterrorism in Pakistan. Under his command, in a spectacular raid coordinated with Pakistani agents and the CIA's best intelligence analyst, Kiriakou's field officers took down the infamous terrorist Abu Zubaydah. For days, Kiriakou became the wounded terrorist's personal "bodyguard." In circumstances stranger than fiction, as al-Qaeda agents scoured the streets for their captured leader, the best trauma surgeon in America was flown to Pakistan to make sure that Zubaydah did not die.

In The Reluctant Spy , Kiriakou takes us into the fight against an enemy fueled by fanaticism. He chillingly describes what it was like inside the CIA headquarters on the morning of 9/11, the agency leaders who stepped up and those who protected their careers. And in what may be the book's most shocking revelation, he describes how the White House made plans to invade Iraq a full year before the CIA knew about it--or could attempt to stop it.
Chronicling both mind-boggling mistakes and heroic acts of individual courage, The Reluctant Spy is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the inner workings of the U.S. intelligence apparatus, the truth behind the torture debate, and the incredible dedication of ordinary men and women doing one of the most extraordinary jobs on earth.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553807370
Branch Call Number: 327.12730092 KIR 2009
Characteristics: xxi, 192 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ruby, Michael (Michael Handler)


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May 31, 2016

I sought this book out after reading about John Kiriakou's imprisonment (and the plea, from his supporters, for aid to his family to help with monthly maintenance bills.)

I feel this should be a "must read" for every American.

We should all know there are some people in Washington that are trying to do the right thing.

Mar 27, 2014

[Update: 02/15 - - Hurray! Mr. Kiriakou has finally been released from prison and is serving a final 3-month house arrest term for his patriotism. Crooked judge who sentenced him: Leoni Brinkema.] Why this book is important to read? Because now Mr. Kiriakou resides in a federal penitentiary for blowing the whistle on the CIA's illegal torture, which most Americans would have read of by now had not the Obama Administration suppressed that $47 million report on CIA torture. (Where's that transparency in government presidential candidate Barack Obama promised? Flushed down the toilet with hope and change, perhaps?) One of those CIA/extreme rendition torture sites was Diego Garcia, which the recent missing flight MH370 would have flown to, had it not turned south as the Immarsat Satellite company stated. Makes you wonder, now doesn't it?


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May 31, 2016

"But as numerous books in recent years have pointed out, the administration completely botched the critical months after President Bush announced an end to major combat operations. The answer to why we're still in Iraq to this day has almost everything to do with the failures of leadership in 2003 and 2004 and, in some cases, the ascendance of rank deception-deliberate distortions of the facts on the ground."

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