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Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas

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Pot Shards is a memoir, based on the author's memorable experiences. Donald P. Gregg spent thirty-one years as an operations officer in CIA and ten years in the White House under presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush. Pot Shards is his memoir. It tells of a philosophy major who graduated from college in 1951 and immediately joined ...more
Hardcover, 346 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by Vellum
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Andrew
Sep 11, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it
Fantastic book.
The jumping around in timeline can be a bit odd, at points, but each section is trying to revolve around a central topic, so it works. Donald Gregg uses his life experience in the CIA, Presidential Advisor, and Ambassador to Korea to paint a refreshing look on diplomacy. Sometimes all the other person wants is a little respect, but we demonize them for political clout ruining progress.
Well worth a read.
Loren Daily
Dec 19, 2014 Loren Daily rated it it was amazing
ITM. Congratulatuons on a sucsessful career. Enjoyed reading a clear eyed perspective of North Korea. This story will make a great gift for a young person.
Jean
Oct 08, 2016 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: autobiography

An extraordinary life -- for a reason

Pot Shards, Fragments of a Life Lived in the CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas, by Donald P. Gregg, is an autobiography which is impressive in scope, and hard to put down.
Like the pot shards of the title, the author has fashioned a mosaic of his life. Amazingly, despite the fact that his life is so vibrant and full, he is able to stay on course and keep the reader fascinated from the beginning to where he leaves off. He is still busy, going strong, an
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Corey
Aug 24, 2015 Corey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly interesting set of tales!

In the morning!

I really enjoyed this book. Have to admit I wasn't sure I would, but it turned out to be enjoyable and interesting.

The short tales of various moments of the authors life were very well told. Not bogged down by too much detail, you get a satisfying impression of each moment and move on to the next.

There was a lot of stuff I wouldn't have expected, and much of the insight provided led to my own re-examining of some issues, politically or regarding
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Nelson Ferreira
Informative read

It was an entertaining and informative read. At times a few comments to the side disrupt the narrative, but few and far between. A must read to gain a rare insight into Korea with the added bonus of a few gems about The Vietnam war.
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As part of the "sacred texts" of the No Agenda Show, uncle Don's book is a must read.
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