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Titre : Company Man (Library Edition): Thirty Years ...
Éditeur : Tantor Media, Inc, United States
Date d'édition : 2014
Reliure : CD-Audio
Etat du livre : New
Edition : Library ed.
Language: English Brand New. In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took a total shot in the dark and sent his r sum to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, he would become a notorious public figure-a symbol and a victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. From serving as the point person answering for the Iran-Contra scandal to approving the rules that govern waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques, John Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA s modern history.In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIA s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. Rizzo offers a direct window into the CIA in the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the agency s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. In Company Man, Rizzo is the first CIA official to ever describe what black sites look like from the inside and he provides the most comprehensive account ever written of the torture tape fiasco surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah and the birth, growth, and death of the enhanced interrogation program.Spanning more than three decades, Company Man is the most authoritative insider account of the CIA ever written-a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781494531966
Synopsis : From a former top-level insider whom the Los Angeles Times has called the most influential career lawyer in CIA history comes an unprecedented memoir filled with revelatory stories about the US government s intelligence program. In 1975, fresh out of law school and working in a mind-numbing job at the US Treasury, John Rizzo took a total shot in the dark and sent his résumé to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no notion that, more than 30 years later, he would become a notorious public figure both a symbol and a victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. From approving the rules that governed waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques to serving as the CIA s spokesperson during the Iran Contra scandal, Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA s modern history. He was the agency s top lawyer in the years after the 9/11 attacks, and oversaw actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIA s evolution over the course of his career, and offers a direct window into the organisation during some of its biggest controversies. In doing so, he has produced the most comprehensive insider account of the CIA ever written a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkable personal history of American intelligence.
Critique: 'A larger than life character, with great style, nobody worked harder to protect the nation and the men and women of CIA than John Rizzo. Company Man offers fresh insights into the some of the most highly debated national security issues of our time, from the perspective of an honest and dedicated public servant ... A must read.' - George J. Tenet, former director of central intelligence 'The most influential career lawyer in CIA history.' - Los Angeles Times 'A wonderful book by a man who was in the eye of the storm for thirty-four years. Told with humor and unfailing appreciation for the politics of espionage, Company Man is the best book out there on the modern CIA.' - Robert Baer, New York Times-bestselling author of See No Evil and The Perfect Kill 'John Rizzo, formerly the CIA's top attorney, has superbly captured the scope of his fascinating career in Company Man. Not only does he cover the major espionage and covert action of the decades he served, he also conveys an enduring and critical lesson for all liberal democracies - the centrality of the rule of law at the nexus of foreign policy and intelligence. John, who always provided clear and honest counsel to the CIA's Clandestine Service, has crafted an important book with the same sense of intellectual integrity and duty.' - Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton, New York Times-bestselling author of The Art of Intelligence, Chairman & CEO of Crumpton Group LLC and 24-year veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service 'John Rizzo has seen it all in his 30 years as a CIA lawyer, and he tells the truth in this absorbing, well-written memoir of his life as a Company Man. Think of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in "The Godfather," and you begin to get the flavor of what Rizzo had seen and heard. He draws vivid portraits of the agency's great characters and their sometimes outrageous schemes. The best thing about the book is that you sense Rizzo never stopped being a lawyer or trying to give his clients good, straight-up advice. If you're interested in the inside life of the CIA, read this book!' - David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and New York Times-bestselling author of Body of Lies 'When the CIA was in trouble, big trouble, it called John - Rizzo knows where the bodies are buried because he helped stash them. Body Counts reads like the CIA's conscience: what the CIA was thinking as it shifted from collecting information to killing terrorists after 9/11. Why did the CIA violently interrogate suspects and then destroy the evidence? Rizzo knows, and he's talking.' - Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent and author of War Journal 'Company Man is simply the most revealing insider account to date of the top ranks of the CIA during its most historic - and controversial - era. There is news and humor in every chapter. Frankly, I often found myself wondering why the CIA's pre-publication censors signed off on some of it.' - Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post and co-author of Top Secret America
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