The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists
When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she'd fly to the Middle East under an alias ...more
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Tracy Walder takes readers into the heart of her experience with both the CIA and FBI in the post-911 world. Overcoming obstacles in her childhood, Tracy emerges as a fiery spirited woman who cares deeply about people and her country. Often labeled as a "Malibu Barbie," at home and abroad, Tracy dealt daily with sexism on the job. I am still thinking of that instructor ...more
The author has had an interesting life and it was good to see a driven woman in a position to do all she could to keep the world a little safer. The many redacted sections were a little distracting, but I understood the necessity for them.
This line "...trying to hold the ...more
The content was riveting, personal, and at times humorous. The author recounted her many journeys across the world and in the United States to gather information in order to protect against terroristic attacks. It was interesting to read a first hand ...more
This is a fantastic book! So interesting to read about the life as an Agent in both the CIA and the FBI and I look forward to seeing in on the tv screen :)
The author is clearly a dedicated, driven woman with ...more
She felt like it was her fault. She had known something was wrong. She and her colleagues had ...more
I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.
From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do .
A highly entertaining account of a young woman who went straight from her ...more
Tracey majored in history and had developed a passion for current affairs. Near the end of ...more
So, it looks like 2019 may have been the year I started reading biographies and memoirs. I didn’t read many, but the ones I did read I enjoyed a lot and when I was approached to review The Unexpected Spy I took a moment to think if it was something I would really be interested in. The offer came on the back of my review of Jet Girl, which I enjoyed a lot, and I came to the ...more
I tend to only read autobiographies featuring women in “nonconventional” hobbies or careers (Jet Girl: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North, What Happened), as their struggles and successes are either personally inspiring or indicative that, as a society, we still have a ways to go ...more
Her mother can be credited with never giving up when doctors did. She worked with Tracy until she got stronger and finally walked on her own. Unfortunately, the ...more
The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World’s Most Notorious Terrorists by Tracy Walder and Jessica Anya Blau is an account of Ms. Walder who went straight from being a college sorority girl to the CIA. After her stint at the CIA, Ms. Walder joined the FBI for a short time, and is now a teacher.
This memoir by Tracy Walder nee Tracy Schandler tells of her time in the Central ...more
Memoirs are tricky, and they are a genre a rarely enjoy, but I love spy thrillers, so I had high hopes. Tracy Walder begins with a note about the fact ...more
Tracy Schandler’s memoir recounts her time working for the CIA, most notably in counterterrorism in the aftermath the September 11th terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. As her story unfolds, she comes to recognize her desire to fight terrorism within the United States and, not wanting to become an analyst, decides to apply to the FBI. After a required training session made more difficult by misogynist training agents, Tracy finds herself assigned to ...more
Walder recounts untold ...more
I found it especially interesting to read about what was going on in the CIA "behind closed doors" in the aftermath of 9/11
It was somewhat frustrating to read round the redacted parts & I think I'd have preferred some rewrites or "Mr X" /"Middle East Location I will call City B" but I can understand why the author chose to do this - it added authenticity for her.
It was interesting to learn about her ...more
I enjoy fictional spy-espionage novels, and I was very happy to receive this ARC about the “real thing.” The memoir covers Tracy Walder’s CIA recruitment and training, moving on to time spent at Langley and eventually her work tracking down some truly nasty bad guys. Not so much a suspense-thriller spy novel as a look at the CIA’s inner workings. Much was redacted but it didn’t take away from her story, and I found it to be ...more
She is very blunt about information that led us into the 2nd Iraqi War, the perceived and actual role of the CIA in our involvement in ...more