Like all Americans, T. J. Waters was stunned, angry, and grief stricken by the terrorist attacks of September 11. More than that, he wanted to take action to help prevent such an event from ever happening again. Waters was not alone. In the weeks following the attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency received over 150,000 résumés from people wanting to serve their nation as spies. More than 100 students were admitted to the CIA's Clandestine Service to become Class 11, the first training class after the terrorist event.
It was the largest and most diverse class in the agency's history. Joining Waters were a World Trade Center victim's fiancée, an NFL alumnus, a New York City comedian, a college athletics coach, a hostage negotiator, and a single mother. Class 11 is the real story of how this band of everyday Americans joined together to endure the challenge of a lifetime and serve their country. Waters takes readers behind the scenes as the trainees learn methods of subterfuge, master disguises, withstand interrogations, and cross into hostile territory without being detected.
Class 11 is a fascinating and moving portrait of an extraordinary group of Americans with the courage and resolve to make a difference in the war on terror.
©2006 T.J. Waters; (P)2006 Tantor Media, Inc.
Fascinating topic, boring book; written for the average grammar school kid. If you expect anything more than the most general fluff, don't buy this book. I could have written this and I never worked for the CIA.
The narrator was horrible! Interestingly enough, the author answers questions at the end of the audio book. He sounds like you would expect a CIA agent to sound. The narrator makes a true story sound like fiction.
I found the story itself to be very interesting. I would have given it another star if the author had also been the narrator.
I was disappointed in this book. I expected to hear a lot about how the CIA works and some of their gadgets. But a lot of it was about weddings and parties.
I agree...this narrator is awful. It sounded like a children's book, and the attempts to change voices for the different characters came off childishly. The content of the book was rather superficial, and self-congratulatory...Mr. Water's got no problem thinking he's one of the country's "best and brightest".
BEWARE: This author wrote this book for his himself. It offers nothing of substance (enjoyment for the reader), it is full of "I love this job, self-glorifications" and it lacks what achievements this 'best' class has had since its inception. It does NOT cover any of the mistakes the class has made or any mistakes at all! oh, there was one mistake he made, it had to do with a job description he attempted to pitch to another agent during training (are you kidding me).
The author is totally clueless as to what people who read these type of books like to hear. We don't want to hear how great your class was, or how you learned to perform SDR's (surveillance), or how much you were upset at the terrorists. We want to hear about your achievements, your lessons learned and your observations on how to combat our new threat (radical extremists). After reading your book, I know you are the type of person to read these reviews. Do us a favor, don't write another book, until you have substance to offer!
PS I am not even going to speak about the reader. The poor guy had to read this "I love me book", he must have gotten tired of it after the first 2 chapters.
... Do I really care? If you know me, you already know the answer...
if you like biographies, this is right up your alley... If you're looking for some insight in how the CIA operates, what's expected if you're interested in becoming one, not so much.
This book was a great portrayal of one of the groups of countless Americans who raised their hands after 9/11 and volunteered to do what they could. Great book, and I didn't want to put it down once it started.
This was an excellent listen. Yes, melodramatic at times. But, overall I suspect accurate. Many other reviews mention that the author did not graduate from his course, however, the author states the exact opposite in his work, so who knows.
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