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Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA

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Charles Faddis, co-author of Operation Hotel California, offers gritty, hair-raising stories about the CIA, which has devolved into a giant bureaucracy of ass-coverers and careerists – not the kind of people you want in charge of preventing another 9/11. ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 8th 2009 by Lyons Press (first published 2009)
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Paul
Oct 12, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
As shown in the title, the author, a CIA veteran, doesn't believe that the Agency needs fixing or "tweaking." He strongly believes that it needs to be torn down and totally rebuilt.

During World War II, in the days of the OSS, a person or group was given a mission, which usually involved being dropped behind enemy lines, and was told to make it happen. They treated intelligence work as some sort of holy calling. Today, the CIA is filled with bureaucrats and buck-passers who consider it as merely
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John
Apr 04, 2010 John rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Faddis' account of the devolution of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, now known by the term National Clandestine Service (NCS). His writing is not great, and a few items grated (toeing the line, not towing the line, dumbass) but it's the content, not the style, for which this book should read.

His comments that there should be intensive leadership development training at each echelon of command and that people ought to be promoted after proving themselves in the fiel
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Danny
Apr 07, 2011 Danny rated it really liked it
Not great for gack, but really wonderful stories about the glory days of the OSS. Some nice examples of VO's that encapsulate the mentality and life-style of an intelligence agent. It really helps you understand the frame of mind of a case officer that has to struggle with threats to their life as well as the insurmountable inertia of a constantly growing bureaucracy. I really enjoyed it, but it's important to note that this book is less "what it's like to be part of the intelligence community" ...more
Afua
Jan 03, 2012 Afua rated it it was ok
Shelves: government
Although I appreciated the conclusions and recommendations Charles Faddis provided in Beyond Repair, I could barely get past the somewhat whining and complaining tone of the book. Surely there are other ways to communicate the failures of the CIA without constantly reminding the reader that you are perfect and the CIA was perfect back in the good old days. I'll keep looking for a book that examines the CIA with a bit less bias.
Jeff
Jul 31, 2012 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: foreign-affairs
Disgruntled officer with a chip on his shoulder...but has some very good points about bureaucracy and Washington culture that could just as well be written about State.
David
Jan 12, 2010 David rated it really liked it
First hand account of former station chief about why the CIA used to work and the current-day obstacles that impede its effectiveness.
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A retired CIA officer and author. Spent twenty years undercover in the Near East, South Asia and Southern Europe. Took the first CIA team into Iraq in advance of the 2003 invasion. Retired as head of CIA's WMD terrorism unit.

Author of six books, three works of non-fiction and three novels.

Lives near Annapolis, Maryland. Spends his free time writing, sailing, traveling and reading.

Still consults fo
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