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Richard

Lafayette, LA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Spycraft: The Secret History of the CIA's Spytechs from Communism to Al-Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Wallace, Henry Robert Schelsinger
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (188)

    Now, in the first book ever written about this ultrasecretive department, the former director of OTS teams up with an internationally renowned intelligence historian to give listeners an unprecedented look at the devices and operations deemed "inappropriate for public disclosure" by the CIA just two years ago.

    Richard says: "Unique, informative history of the CIA"
    "One of the best espionage related books availble!"
    Overall

    If you are interested in the CIA or espionage, you must purchase this book. I learned more from this book than from all the other books I have read on the CIA combined. EXCELLENT BOOK!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing SAS

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ian McPhedran
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    For the soldiers and officers of Australia's Special Air Service (SAS) Regimentâ¿¿ this is not just their professional mottoâ¿¿ but a creed that shapes their lives. The SAS is among the world's most respected special forces unitsâ¿¿ a crack team of men from the Australian Defence Force who can be relied upon to handle the most difficultâ¿¿ strategically sensitive and dangerous of military tasks.

    Daniel says: "i liked it"
    "Don't waste your money"
    Overall

    This book is not worth the credit. You don't get a good sense of the SAS training, selection course or anything worth while. You will hear about a couple of operations that contains no specail tactics.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Comrade J: Secrets of Russia's Master Spy in America after the End of the Cold War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Spymaster, defector, double agent....Here is the remarkable true story of the man who ran Russia's post-cold-war spy program in America. The revelations are stunning. Many spies have told their stories. None has the astonishing immediacy, relevance, and cautionary warnings of Comrade J.

    Richard says: "Some Inaccuracies, but still good"
    "Some Inaccuracies, but still good"
    Overall

    Of particular interest from the US point of view, the book reveals that for three years before his defection in October 2000 Tretyakov worked for the FBI, providing details of residency operations and personnel. Ten months before his defection, the FBI encouraged him to leave but could not tell him the reason: it was hunting a mole who might learn about him. When Tretyakov's defection became public on 30 January 2001 and Robert Hanssen was arrested on 18 February 2001, the press presumed Tretyakov was the one who gave him up. The FBI assured Earley that this was not the case.

    Finally, as with all unsourced defector memoirs, one must deal with the question of accuracy. In this case, the narrative contains two technical errors worth noting: (1) reference to Tretyakov as a double agent is incorrect, and (2) the statement that the CIA calls its employees'agents is wrong. Recognizing that independent assessment of Tretyakov's story is desirable, Earley includes a chapter with comments from a high-ranking US intelligence official that addresses the kinds of material Tretyakov provided and affirms that it included names and saved American lives. Further detail is attributed to other intelligence sources, as, for example, the fact that the bug planted in the State Department conference room in the late 1990s had a miniature battery recharged with a laser beam. If correct, someone would have had to have line-of-sight access to the battery, but no comment is made on this point.

    In the end, although Earley has provided another well told espionage case study, he leaves the curious hoping for a second volume containing more details of Tretyakov&'s work for US intelligence.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Valerie Plame Wilson
    • Narrated By Valerie Plame Wilson
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Valerie Wilson, the object of the "Plame" CIA leak case that resulted in the conviction of the vice-president's chief of staff, Scooter Libby, has spoken publicly only twice since she was outed in July 2003. Now she tells not only the real story behind the leak, but describes her life at the CIA and what happened when her cover was blown.

    Leighboy says: "Interesting but for the bleeps"
    "A Sleeper"
    Overall

    I purchased the book hoping to get a thorough look at how the CIA operated, but only got a story about how great Valarie was and how hard she worked. It is very poorly written. I once thought that the elite worked for the CIA, but if she is an example of the typical case officer, we are in trouble.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful

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