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Inside the Company: CIA Diary

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Book written in diary format depicting the details of the business of the CIA.
Mass Market Paperback, 672 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1975)
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I read this book in the early 1990s because I was intrigued to learn about a former CIA agent who resigned from the Agency in 1968 and went on to make a life for himself in Cuba.

Agee, a Roman Catholic and graduate of the University of Notre Dame, was recruited into the CIA in 1957, seeing himself as part of the great crusade against world Communism. He goes to some length to detail his experiences in Washington, Equador, Uruguay, and Mexico -- in addition to disclosing some of the CIA's espiona
Mar 21, 2016 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Like many a thriller, this reconstructed diary begins with the audience knowing that something terrible has happened. We are then transported back in time to the narrator's youth, when a clean-cut, idealistic, all-American, anti-Communist Phillip Agee first joins the CIA. Like Bolero, the books starts off with an almost boring dum-did-dee-dum-dum day-by-day chronicling of the training of a case officer.

As the book progresses, however, you gradually realize you are being sucked into a parallel u
Apr 29, 2015 Mark added it
In 1974 the US government, for the first time in American history, went to court to censor a book prior to publication. That book was "The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence," which was published with very clear indications of where the 168 cuts were.

If you browse bookshops in the UK you'll commonly find books that are labeled "For copyright reasons this book is not for sale in the United States [also in Canada in some cases]." Philip Agee was a CIA agent in South Anerica in the late 1950s and ear
Jul 27, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Philp Agee died the other day. His last story is published here:

RIP mate

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written by a disaffected cia officer who worked in ecuador, uruguay and mexico during the sixties. its very non-sensational and documents their tampering, bribing, harassing, invasion of privacy, slandering, blackmailing and framing (all mostly in the name of insanely rabid anti-communism) in a workday manner that makes it almost start to seem routine. its very interesting to see the way they coordinate different fronts (media, politicians, etc) to antagonize and repress. it seems likely that a ...more
stormtrooper blows whistle on empire, detailing both general CIA processes but also specific operations in asia and latin america.

douches object to the text because author received asylum in cuba during the cold war. considering that the allegations are substantially corroborated by rightwinger marchetti, as well as by stockwell and mcgehee, all former stormtroopers, it's hard to credit the objection.

same douches no doubt hang on every word uttered by soviet defectors. but that's nature of the
Christopher Sutch
Oct 27, 2009 Christopher Sutch rated it liked it
While this account of Agee's work for the CIA in Central America during the 1960s, and his gradual alienation from that work and from the unjust capitalist order it strove to maintain, contains valuable information, the clunky writing and the diary-style format really detract from its clarity and readability. Still useful as a historic document.
Shannon Padden
Oct 30, 2013 Shannon Padden rated it it was ok
I didn't think it was possible but someone has written a boring book about the CIA. It's informative (I love non-fiction books) but it was hard to get through.
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Interesting thoughts of the way CIA operates and manipulates society.
Makes you wonder wether their ways of working are applied today as well.
Aug 27, 2008 Selena rated it liked it
This book was interesting to say the least. It's crazy how much our government has meddled in other countries affairs.
Grace Krilanovich
I've been dipping into this one for over a year now. The author is somewhat handsome.
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Philip Burnett Franklin Agee was a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) case officer and writer, best known as author of the 1975 book, 'Inside the Company: CIA Diary', detailing his experiences in the CIA.

Agee joined the CIA in 1957, and over the following decade had postings in Washington, D.C., Ecuador, Uruguay and Mexico. After resigning from the Agency in 1968, he became a leading opponent of C
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