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Inside the Company: CIA Diary Hardcover – Jul 1975


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (T) (July 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883730286
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883730287
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #493,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While I cannot endorse those parts of this book which might have placed the lives of active agents at risk, I applaud Mr. Agee for his courage and strength of character in asking some very tough questions about the role of the US government in the subversion and overthrow of democratically-elected governments in the third-world whose policies did not conform to US economic interests. Agee's thoughtful ruminations in the books' final chapters regarding the true purposes of US foreign policy are prescient, particularly in light of the Bush Administration's manipulation of intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq. Thirty years later, Bush and company have gone a long way toward vindicating Agee's once-controversial conclusions.
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This isn't a thriller and it can be very dry and tiresome at times. However, from the academic standpoint , this is an interesting work on the CIA.
Good or bad, this book was a product of its times, and I understand that. It wasn't fashionable in the 1970s to spy, and there were some controls needed on CIA.
However, I think Agee goes to far in releasing secrets.
Agee takes the reader through recruitment, training and CIA life. If he had stopped there and left out designations, cover and agent names it would be a sort of dry but informative work.
He didn't.
Aldrich Ames sold names and operations for money to the Soviet Union. Phil Agee sold them to a book publisher. I see little difference.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating and very informative Dec 5 2013
By Peter Moroni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the most interesting books i have ever read,it was written by a CIA defector in the 70s,in the book the author describes his life in the agency since his humble beginnings in the 50s,how he was recruited,trained and indoctrinated with a lot of names and numbers,the whole process fascinates me,i read and re-read this book probably more than 20 times.
It was the middle of the cold war and things were complicated,at some point the author decides to defect to the communist block because of "moral precepts and disagreeances" with the directives of the agency,so he says,wich i don't buy.
Well,anyways,the book is written in a kind of denounce tone,trying to point out the supposed moral flexibility of the agency and the dubious reasons involved in the operations overseas.
So this guy betrayed his country defecting behind the iron curtain because of supposed moral precepts in the middle of the cold war,and tries to justify writting a book,that's lame...
The book is very interesting towards explaining how the CIA used to operate,that's why i gave it 4 stars not because of the author and his stories.
Nevertheless,long story short,this book had a reverse effect in me making me find a new grown respect and admiration for the CIA.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
An early CIA expose Oct. 12 2013
By TLR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Agee was a former CIA officer who became disillusioned with US foreign policy and became a radical socialist and critic of US foreign policy. Inside the Company was one of the first insider exposes on the CIA. He named numerous officers and agents who were working undercover for the CIA in other countries. He worked for the Agency for 12 years in Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. He disclosed that many top political and media figures in those countries were on the CIA payroll. He explains that the CIA's main goal is to guarantee "a favorable foreign-investment climate for US industry." (Playboy 8/1975)

Agee would later testify before the House Select Committee on Assassinations. He told the HSCA that he had heard rumors to the effect that Lee Harvey Oswald had been employed by the CIA, but said that it would have been under a cryptonym that would be difficult to trace. He also said that if Oswald had been an agent, he would expect that all records of it would have been destroyed immediately after the assassination.
4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
True history of the CIA actions in South Americia Oct. 7 2011
By Kirby Nicholson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The operations that the CIA was conducting in South America exposed by a Officer of the CIA. Names and code names of the operations.
24 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Detailed but odious work June 10 2004
By S. G Spires - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This isn't a thriller and it can be very dry and tiresome at times. However, from the academic standpoint , this is an interesting work on the CIA.
Good or bad, this book was a product of its times, and I understand that. It wasn't fashionable in the 1970s to spy, and there were some controls needed on CIA.
However, I think Agee goes too far in releasing secrets.
Agee takes the reader through recruitment, training and CIA life. If he had stopped there and left out designations, cover and agent names it would be a sort of dry but informative work.
He didn't.
Aldrich Ames sold names and operations for money to the Soviet Union. Phil Agee sold them to a book publisher. I see little difference.

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