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Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



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The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture

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Review:

"What's wrong with the CIA? A number of authors have tackled this question lately, and the pseudonymous Jones brings what could be a unique vantage point: a career operative, Jones claims he was 'America's number one producer of intelligence reports on terrorism.' Unfortunately, the book is more memoir than expose, privileging personal complaints (Jones is frequently underutilized and underappreciated) over actual accounts of the intelligence community's accomplishments and setbacks. Even as he hops the globe, Jones revels in woefully familiar aggravations: the Agency fails to reimburse his expenses in a timely fashion, wastes his time in team-building exercises, etc. He convincingly labels headquarters a haven for burnt-out, risk-averse pension-seekers, but he spends just as much time getting in digs at difficult landlords, surly cab drivers and airplane travel. Though Jones levels many serious charges against those running the CIA, he doesn't follow through and offers just a few pages of suggestions; his self-concern and attention to mundane details make this more suitable for those considering a career at the Agency than those wishing to understand it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Having served as a deep cover case officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, Jones (a pseudonym) became convinced that the Agency has become a corrupt, Soviet-style organization that hinders the success of its agents in the field. He quit and wrote this memoir of his experiences working for the CIA as a goad and guide to intelligence reform. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

After spending decades as a deep cover officer in the CIA, Ishmael Jones conveys a true feel for the facts of real clandestine work. He tells his story straight and with dry wit.

Synopsis:

After spending decades as an agent to the CIA, Jones unravels the blunders and grave mistakes the U.S. has made over the years and makes the case for much-needed intelligence reform.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781594032233
Author:
Jones, Ishmael
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Subject:
General True Crime
Subject:
Intelligence officers
Subject:
Intelligence service
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Intelligence officers -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
350
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 350 pages Encounter Books - English 9781594032233 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What's wrong with the CIA? A number of authors have tackled this question lately, and the pseudonymous Jones brings what could be a unique vantage point: a career operative, Jones claims he was 'America's number one producer of intelligence reports on terrorism.' Unfortunately, the book is more memoir than expose, privileging personal complaints (Jones is frequently underutilized and underappreciated) over actual accounts of the intelligence community's accomplishments and setbacks. Even as he hops the globe, Jones revels in woefully familiar aggravations: the Agency fails to reimburse his expenses in a timely fashion, wastes his time in team-building exercises, etc. He convincingly labels headquarters a haven for burnt-out, risk-averse pension-seekers, but he spends just as much time getting in digs at difficult landlords, surly cab drivers and airplane travel. Though Jones levels many serious charges against those running the CIA, he doesn't follow through and offers just a few pages of suggestions; his self-concern and attention to mundane details make this more suitable for those considering a career at the Agency than those wishing to understand it." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
After spending decades as a deep cover officer in the CIA, Ishmael Jones conveys a true feel for the facts of real clandestine work. He tells his story straight and with dry wit.
"Synopsis" by , After spending decades as an agent to the CIA, Jones unravels the blunders and grave mistakes the U.S. has made over the years and makes the case for much-needed intelligence reform.
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