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A Spy's Journey: A CIA Memoir
Synopses & Reviews
“A Spy’s Journey is a pleasure to read, the most personable memoir by a senior spy since David Atlee Phillips’ 1977 classic The Night Watch. If you wonder what it’s like to breakfast on moose lips and vodka in Mongolia, this is your book.”
—New York Times Book Review
“One of the best CIA memoirs published in a long while, this excellent introduction to the world of espionage is recommended for all collections.”
“In A Spy’s Journey, CIA veteran Floyd Paseman reveals his fascinating career in Cold War covert operations in Asia and Europe from the 1960s to the present. Dedicated and determined, Paseman mastered espionage methods and difficult foreign languages in order to defend American policies and values from Soviet, Chinese Communist, and terrorist threats. His courage and tradecraft skills make this book an insightful read.”
—Dr. Ralph E. Weber,
Professor of History Emeritus, Marquette University
Book News Annotation:
Spying as a profession has its mundane side as well as its share of excitement. In this interesting, well-written memoir, Paseman provides ample detail about his own career as a spy, making it interesting from personal, historical, and political perspectives. As a field operative and station manager the CIA, Paseman was an witness and active participant in world events during his forty year career. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
In 1967 Floyd Paseman joined the Central Intelligence Agency following successful service as an army officer in Germany. He was first stationed in the Far East, where he became fluent in Chinese language and culture, and then in Germany, at what was largely considered the agency’s toughest Cold War field posting. Over the years he rose from field spy to division chief and ultimately the top ranks in the Operations Directorate of the CIA.
Paseman details the behind-the-scenes intelligence gathering during the major events of eight presidential administrations from Lyndon B. Johnson through George W. Bush.
For thirty-five years, Floyd Paseman served in the Operations Directorate of the Central Intelligence Agency. From spy in the field to the top ranks of the Company's career agents, he experienced it all as well as seven different presidential administrations. While Paseman's account of his long service has enough real-life derring-do to keep the reader engaged, of even greater interest, however, are Paseman's observation on politics and the CIA, especially how change of presidential administrations could bring sweeping, and often negative changes to the agency.- Johnson - declined to run for a second full term, broken by Vietnam- Nixon - resigned in disgrace after ending Vietnam and opening relations with China- Ford - never elected caretaker - Carter - hoist on the petard of fundamentalist Islam in Iran- Reagan - first full, two-term president since Eisenhower and declared war on the evil empire and brought the USSR to its knees with the threat of a still fanciful Star Wars- Bush the father - "won" the Cold War as the Soviet Union collapsed and "coalitioned" Saddam out of Iraq- Clinton - leader of the new world order, peace in our time, and dead Rangers in the streets of Mogadishu- Bush the son - 9/11, Afghanistan, and IraqIn March 1967 author Paseman joined the CIA following successful service as an army armor officer in Germany. Highly trained in the Chinese language, most of his service was in the far east. Paseman served as chief of the East Asia division at Langley and was also station chief Germany, considered the agency's toughest Cold War field posting.About the AuthorFloyd L. Paseman retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in January 2001 after a thirty-five year career in operations. He now lives in southern Virginia outside Williamsburg where he works as an international security consultant.
About the Author
Floyd L. Paseman retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in January 2001 following a thirty-five year career in operations. Now deceased, following his retirement he lived in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he worked as an international security consultant.
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