Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

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By (author) John Rizzo

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  • Publisher: Scribner Book Company
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 22mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 7 October 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1451673949
  • ISBN 13: 9781451673944
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 666,786

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The "revealing" ("The New Yorker") insider history of the CIA from a lawyer with a "front-row seat on the hidden world of intelligence" ("The Washington Post"). Former CIA director George J. Tenet called "Company Man" a "must read." Over the course of a thirty-four-year (1976-2009) career, John Rizzo served under eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, ultimately becoming a controversial public figure and a symbol and victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. 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. As the agency's top lawyer in the years after the 9/11 attacks, Rizzo oversaw actions that remain the subject of intense debate, including the rules governing waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques." Rizzo writes about virtually every significant CIA activity and controversy over a tumultuous, thirty-year period. His experiences illuminate our nation's spy bureaucracy, offering a unique primer on how to survive, and flourish, in a high-powered job amid decades of shifting political winds. He also provides the most comprehensive account of critical events, like the "torture tape" fiasco surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubayadah, and the birth, growth, and death of the enhanced interrogation program. "Company Man "is the most authoritative insider account of the CIA ever written--a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence. This is "emphatically a book for anyone who cares about the security of this country" ("The Wall Street Journal").

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"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