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This is a fascinating insider account of the CIA fighting the war on terror. John Kiriakou is a cerebral, if hot-tempered, Greek-American who joins the CIA shortly out of graduate school to be an analyst covering "leadership" issues in Greece and the Middle East. Fluent in Greek and Arabic, he then applies and is accepted as a field operative, where he spends much of his time recruiting foreign sources of critical intelligence. His narrative includes the capture of an important terrorist, the decision by the executive branch of the U.S. government to invade Iraq based on the highly questionable "evidence" relating to weapons of mass destruction and on the development of "enhanced interrogation techniques", such as waterboarding, and how these are rationalized by the government.
The content of the book was interesting and fast-paced, but the narrator speaks in a rapid, staccato voice with little change in rythym or intonation, and this makes listening tiresome and occasionally difficult to hear.
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The Reluctant Spy is John Kirakou’s memoir of his work within the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). The book doesn’t bash the CIA , but spares no quarter when telling truths not outside the classified. This is a memoir, so readers interested in how Kirakou came to work as a secret agent will be amply rewarded. Along the way, he reveals how his first marriage broke down in part because of CIA working pressures, reveals infighting in the agency, and how he finally determined he would leave the agency. To me, that was interesting and kept my interest. However, I was really looking for more insight into the CIA and how it works particularly in light of 9/11 than Kirakou revealed. On the other hand, this is a memoir and not a book about the CIA per se. A book at the opposite end which is also available from Audible is Joby Warrick’s The Triple Agent which is a book about the CIA. Both are worthwhile, but each fills a different niche. The reading of Arthur Morey is a plus!