Blowing My Cover: My Life as a CIA Spy
Getting in was a story in itself. I peed in more cups than you could imagine, and was nearly condemned as a sex ...more
It's also an interesting glimpse of the reasons an entrenched, warped bureaucracy is not tolerated by people in my generation (Moran was born in 1969) the way it wa ...more
She's so bitter and negative about the CIA and how it made her jump through all these hoops and act a certain way, but I kept thinking, "okay, if you do ...more
I can't say I'm surprised by the stuff in here that borders on absurd... but maybe was hoping her experiences wouldn't be so predictable or mundane. But that was the point.
أنقل لكم ابتداء من مقدمة المترجم، خالد كسروي: "وعندما أنهت ليندسي تعليمها الجامعي وأرسلت طلب التحاقها لوكالة الاستخبارات المركزية؛ بدأت تتشكك منذ اللحظة الأولى لإجراء اختبارات الالتحاق في خطأ التصورات التي ترسخت في أذهاننا جميعاً عن هذه المؤسسة الاستخباراتية، وبعد أن قبل طلب التحاق الكاتبة بالمخابرات، وبدأت تتلقى تدريباتها على مهارات التجسس بالمزرعة مع زملائها تحولت شكوكها إلى يقين. وتنقل لنا الكاتبة طبيعة التدريبات التي يتلقاها الضباط الميدانيين بالإضافة إلى ط ...more
Blowing My Cover offers an inside look at America's recent failures of intelligence, the CIA, and its tragic missteps in the Iraq war. Moran, a disenchanted CIA case officer between 1998 and 2003, relates her (mis)adventures with wit and intelligence-she's an unglamorous Bond Girl with Bridget Jones's sensibilities. Most critics embraced Moran's personal approach-her honest, humorous descriptions of grueling training (defensive driving, assembling explosives, handling weapons) and journey toward...more
This is certainly no James Bond novel. James Bond novels involve villains plotting to take over the world. This book starred a woman who was plotting to take over my last nerve.
I was expecting some joking/ridicule of the CIA from this book. She painted the CIA more like "The Office" filled with horribly incompetent agents - especially herself.
She comes across as whiny and I felt more like I was reading a Sex and the City episode with Lindsay so preoccupied with rock climbing, boyfriends and qual ...more
Well, there is nothing inherently wrong with authors capitalizing on publicity. Evidently more interested in profit than perspective, her "Blowing My Cover" illustrates how a clever ex-employee can capitalize on the CIA’s undeniable mystique. One looks in vain for a serious message in her one-dimensional put-down of the Agenc ...more
As a case officer, she recruits foreigners to provide information, not actually spying herself, a distinction which erases Moran's fiction-driven misconceptions while raising ethical dilemmas about providing money and other inducement to convince desperate people to rat on their own countries.
In the e ...more
Ultimately, I'm of the opinion that this book is mostly just a bunch of whining intermixed with self-congratulations. For example, the author talked about how difficult ev ...more
Lindsay Moran's account of her harrowing recruitment for the CIA, training that bordered on the absurd, then her work in Eastern Europe changed a lot of the ideas I ...more
Lindsay Moran was a 'Real Spy', a CIA case officer running around the Balkans in the late 90s doling out hundred dollar bills to the human wreckage thrown off by collapse of Yugoslavia. But as it turns out, being a real spy is far from romantic or fun. Moran chronicles how the Agency's obsessive secrecy destroyed her social life and moral center of balance, mak ...more
The first half (about the recruitment and training process) was fantastic. The training section is a riot: the ineptness of some of the trainees (especially Tornado Sally) actually makes me a little worried about our country. Watching them learn about firearms, evasive driving, and ...more
I was expecting some kind of Valerie Plame memoir about a CIA cover gone bad, but I was wonderfully surprised. This is more of a "CIA approved" version of Lindsay Moran’s daily journal about what its REALLY like to ...more