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A Spy's Journey: A CIA Memoir

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  147 Ratings  ·  16 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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Jan 05, 2016 Margaret rated it did not like it
Somehow the author makes 35 years of spying sound tremendously boring, mostly by not saying anything. "I was in a country, and I met with a contact." Really? Anything else you want to tell us??
Also, the author likes to tell tales of his macho manliness that he doesn't seem to realize make him sound like a raging asshole. As a prank on a coworker, he knocks out electricity on a whole block in a country with little electrical coverage, during a heat wave, as her husband that she hasn't seen comes
Mar 13, 2016 a.t.m. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful book about the modern day spy.

Because of the nature of the book in which the author was obviously hamstrung in telling his story and yet protect his agency and fellow spys . At times it was a hard read. The author is very intelligent, a brave and courageous patriot, and seemed to be perfectly suited for the job. Best part of the book was his assessment of all the modern day directors of his agency. I highly recommend this book.
Dec 07, 2010 Catherine rated it did not like it
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Apr 16, 2015 Tejesh Kumar rated it liked it
A good one time read to get some insights of what it takes for spies to function.
Dec 04, 2010 Mark rated it it was ok
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.
May 19, 2012 Macjest rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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 really liked it
Shelves: spy
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.
Dec 07, 2010 Boozy rated it it was amazing
recommended for the intelligence professional. excellent list or recommended reading, and authors insights into political interference with the business of Intelligence.
Carl Phillips
Feb 26, 2010 Carl Phillips rated it it was ok
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
Sep 04, 2007 Laurie Schrall rated it liked it
Good book, provides the reader with insight into the Agency's Case Officer career track - particularly overseas. Would recommend Class 11 before this book.
Sep 21, 2011 Emmy rated it liked it
Shelves: true-story, memoir
Makes for a good family-history style read, not necessarily a polished memoir. Interesting, though.
Jul 11, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
i don't really remember much about this book... i didn't finish it recently. i guess it was okay.
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Dec 16, 2010 Stan rated it it was ok
not too much about the internal workings and more about the fun they had in the office.
Aug 07, 2011 Loren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but goes on way too long
Aug 21, 2008 Avi rated it it was ok
a five on a scale of 1-10
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