Review: People of the Central Intelligence Agency–Francis Gary Powers, Tscherim Soobzokov, Bob Barr, William F. Buckley, Jr., Valerie Plame [Paperback]

4 Star, Intelligence (Government/Secret)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Online Distillation?

September 11, 2010

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I am in this book, but that is not saying a great deal since I came out from under cover with permission after Alvin Toffler built the chapter on “The Future of the Spy” around me, in War and Anti-War: Making Sense of Today’s Global Chaos.

Based on the lack of authorship, details, and the kludge of names, I was tempted to give this a three but went to a four solely because it is probably a good illustration of the range of information about CIA officers that is online today AND the price is sensational. This is a very fairly priced book, and for that alone I do recommend its purchase.

What the book discloses is not to be confused with what is known about CIA officers by one and all–as long as CIA continues to operate out of official facilities, generally the only one being the US Embassy, it will continue to be an “open book” and the only people CIA is deceiving are the US public and the US Congress.

Not recommended for anyone other than a die-hard fan of books of, by, and for CIA matters. NameBase online is much more fun, and has the advantage of being able to produce relationship diagrams based on relationships in text, something I helped think about within CIA while managing Project GEORGE (Smiley) in the Office of Information Technology (OIT).

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