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By Jack Devine

"A subtle, deeply expert account of actual lifestyles within the genuine CIA that provides immeasurably to the general public realizing of the espionage culture—the strong and the bad." —Bob Woodward

Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson’s warfare in Afghanistan. It used to be the most important covert motion of the chilly battle, and it was once Devine who placed the brand-new Stinger missile into the arms of the mujahideen in the course of their conflict with the Soviets, paving the right way to a decisive victory opposed to the Russians. He additionally driven the CIA’s attempt to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobar in Colombia. He attempted to warn the director of significant intelligence, George guideline, that there has been a bullet coming from Iraq together with his identify on it. He used to be in Chile while Allende fell, and he had an excessive amount of to do with Iran-Contra for his personal flavor, notwithstanding he attempted to prevent it. And he tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB undercover agent contained in the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole within the FBI.

       Good looking: An American Spymaster’s tale is the spellbinding memoir of Devine’s time within the valuable Intelligence business enterprise, the place he served for greater than thirty years, emerging to turn into the performing deputy director of operations, liable for all the CIA’s spying operations. it is a tale of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering, the entire extra gripping whilst the destiny of our geopolitical order hangs within the stability. yet this publication additionally sounds a caution to our nation’s determination makers: covert operations, no longer high priced and devastating full-scale interventions, are the simplest guard of America’s pursuits worldwide.

       half memoir, half historic redress, Good Hunting debunks outright many of the myths surrounding the corporation and cautions opposed to its misuses. underneath the unique allure—living overseas together with his spouse and 6 childrens, operating operations in seven nations, and serving successive presidents from Nixon to Clinton—this is a realist, gimlet-eyed account of the organization. Now, as Devine sees it, the CIA is trapped inside a bigger forms, wasting swaths of turf to the army, and, such a lot ominous of all, is changing into overly weighted towards paramilitary operations after a decade of battle. Its capability to do what it does best—spying and covert action—has been heavily degraded.

       sturdy looking sheds mild on a number of the CIA’s private secrets and techniques and spans an illustrious tenure—and by no means sooner than has an performing deputy director of operations come forth with such an account. With the ancient acumen of Steve Coll’s Ghost Wars and gripping eventualities that evoke the novels of John le Carré at the same time they hew heavily to the evidence at the floor, Devine bargains a grasp category in spycraft.

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7. Selling the Linear Strategy, One Lunch at a Time 8. Jousting with the Soviets: When I Knew It Was Over 9. A New Boss, a Bad Penny, and a Principled Heroin Dissent 10. The Rooster and the Train 11. Raising the Bar 12. Undisclosed 13. Splitting a Steak 14. Good Hunting Postscript People Consulted Acknowledgments Index Photographs A Note About the Author Copyright Introduction There’s a model truck on the windowsill of my office overlooking Central Park that takes me back to the border towns in Pakistan with just a glimpse.

S. intelligence, where I still occasionally serve in an advisory capacity, having kept my clearances active. Of course, it’s my thirty-two-year career at the CIA that has made me the intelligence professional I am, even though I scrupulously avoid contact with former agents, sources, or foreign intelligence officers I knew on the job. When I walked away from the CIA in 1998 with nothing but a government pension, I thought I had my feelings under control. I thought I was done. But over the years, I’ve never quite been able to let go.

I inherited a grudge he had against the Agency, through no fault of my own, but then I unintentionally made it worse. S. visa, which he should have been given as a matter of professional courtesy. ” I’m sure a fed-up case officer thought he was bringing the official down a peg by denying him the favor, but the satisfaction the case officer would have felt from such an action is almost always ephemeral and sets up a disastrous second act should your target ever return to power—as he did a few years later.

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