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A Spy's Journey: A CIA Memoir

3.31 of 5 stars 3.31  ·  rating details  ·  97 ratings  ·  14 reviews
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 gre ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by Zenith Press
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This book was not well-written. Although there were some cute anecdotes about his personal experiences, the book doesn't hold much "big picture" value. However, there were a few reflective chapters after his retirement that looked at intelligence in the larger frame of things that I thought were mildly interesting, though I still felt Paseman could have used an editor to help him clean up and focus the text better.
Truly fascinating look at Paseman's years with the CIA. He served covertly in Asia and Europe for years before working a desk. Got an insiders look at spy craft and the administration that ran it as well as the politics. Would have like a little more background on how some things came about, but I did appreciate his unflinching look at what's right and wrong with the agency.
Jul 28, 2014 Libby rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Paseman has a great sense of humor. This book chronologically follows his path as a CIA spy. Compared with other CIA memoirs, his is one of the most fun ones to read.
John Ball
Not the best written book in the world, but it is very entertaining. A lot of stories from the author's operations and co-workers make it a quick and entertaining read.
recommended for the intelligence professional. excellent list or recommended reading, and authors insights into political interference with the business of Intelligence.
Carl Phillips
Pretty simple writing, just hope he was a better spy. Too many good books to spend time on this one unless you really want to know something about the CIA.
Laurie Schrall
Good book, provides the reader with insight into the Agency's Case Officer career track - particularly overseas. Would recommend Class 11 before this book.
Makes for a good family-history style read, not necessarily a polished memoir. Interesting, though.
i don't really remember much about this book... i didn't finish it recently. i guess it was okay.
Santo Golando
not too much about the internal workings and more about the fun they had in the office.
Interesting but goes on way too long
a five on a scale of 1-10
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