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Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab-American Patriot in the CIA

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  10 reviews
"Nada Prouty served her country loyally, with distinction, and, as universally acknowledged by her colleagues, with great personal courage as a CIA covert officer. This tale of rampant trampling of citizen's rights is a vivid reminder of the responsibility of citizens to be vigilant against unaccountable government overreach if we hope to keep a strong democracy, where the ...more
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Published January 29th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published November 8th 2011)
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Cynthia
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Uncompromised’ is a powerful and timely memoir. Prouty grew up in Beirut Lebanon in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s in an oppressive culture. Her parents were even more severely female hating than most. A civil war was right outside her windows and inside her house there was mental and physical abuse. I could almost grok the brutality of the war but the over the top hatred of she and her sisters by her mom, dad and Fadi, younger brother, made no sense. Sadly ALL the violence rang true. In her late teens ...more
Tara Chevrestt
Wow. I'm still reeling a bit from what this woman has gone through. First of all, her memoir is extremely well told. I was expected a lot of telling, no showing and was pleasantly surprised to find myself hooked from the get go. She tells her story well, keeps the reader hooked, educates as well as entertains.

Feels kinda wrong to be entertained by a memoir such as this. The book starts in Lebanon.. Nada comes from an abusive household. Her parents considered her and her sisters worthless..
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Carol
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, non-fiction
'Uncompromised' opens with a M16 being shoved into Nada Prouty’s face while she was on a secret mission for the CIA in Bagdad. How did she get there?

She started out as one of the verbally abused and beaten daughter of a Lebanese family. She was raised as a Druze, a religion that combines Christianity, Judaism and Muslim beliefs. Not only were she and her sisters maltreated by her parents, she was in a religious minority that did not get much respect. How did a brave young woman emerge from that
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Tracy Towley
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not familiar with Nada Prouty's story prior to receiving Uncompromised from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program and I'm not sure I can say I'm particularly glad to know it now. Mostly it was just completely disgusting and made me embarrassed for my country and what was done to her.

Nada was born in Lebanon and came to the United States both to get away from her incredibly oppressive family and to get an education. She made some mistakes when she was first here, most notably marrying a
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Jessica
Uncompromised is a powerful memoir. Nada Prouty, a former FBI and CIA agent, tells the story of how she came to be involved in the War on Terror, and how she was accused of spying for Hezbollah. She starts her story with her childhood in war-torn Lebanon, providing an interesting and important background to both who Nada is as a person and her desire to serve the United States in the fight against terrorism. She then goes on to tell of her immigration to America, and how she became first an FBI ...more
Les Gehman
Nada Prouty is a Hero.
Her brother and father are Assholes.
Kenneth Chadwell is an Asshole.
Kenneth L. Wainstein is an Asshole.
That being said, Uncompromised: The Rise and Fall of an Arab-American Patriot in the CIA by Nada Prouty is an incredible history of a woman able to overcome a very difficult childhood in Lebanon to make herself into an American hero. She has suffered through an immense amount of difficulties, magnified by abuse from an abusive father, to become a solid citizen and a major
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Georgia
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really interesting book that definitely kept the pages turning. The author was simply trying to serve the country that she'd grown to love, but our government sure did make it difficult for her.

Overall I found the writing to be fine, but it felt like the end was a little rushed. About 3/4 of the book is a build up to the ridiculousness, and then it's just sort of rushed through. I felt like the reasons she was set up should have been gotten into with a little more depth.

I would
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Diane
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Guilty. And a liar.
Janille
This was a GREAT story - but I had to give it three stars for the organization and narrative of the writing. But Nada's story is compelling and heartbreaking at the same time.
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