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Doing Time Like a Spy

How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Bios & Memoirs, Criminals
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On February 28, 2013, after pleading guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, John Kiriakou began serving a 30 month prison sentence. His crime: blowing the whistle on the CIA's use of torture on al Qaeda prisoners.

Doing Time Like a Spy is Kiriakou's memoir of his 23 months in prison. Using 20 life skills he learned in CIA operational training, he was able to keep himself safe and at the top of the prison social heap. Including his award-winning blog series "Letters from Loretto", Doing Time Like a Spy is at once a searing journal of daily prison life and an alternately funny and heartbreaking commentary on the federal prison system.

©2017 John Kiriakou (P)2019 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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One of the best books I’ve ever read!

John Kiriakou, writes such a good book about his work in the CIA and life in prison. It is really an eye-opener from a different point of view that I’ve never seen or heard of before. Thanks John for writing your point of view, made into a book that I have never considered valuable until now. This book was excellent! “This book would make any parent proud!“

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I paid for a prison blog

The book starts out great then quickly slides into the author recycling his prison blogs. This ruins the continuity and makes it a little less understandable. John started great and had promise. The book describes itself as how John used CIA training to climb to the top in prison. What you end up hearing though is the typical whining / moaning of all incarcerated folks. John didn't commit his crime, None of the prisoners he enjoyed committed theirs either, everyone is innocent. Then he goes on and on on how crooked the Correction officers are and how dispicable the child molester are. You dont need John's book to tell you these things. If the book was titled standard prison experience I would have passed. Since it was titled how the CIA taught me to Survive and Thrive in Prison I thought it would be something else. It is not! I imagine most of the book is available for free on wherever John was publishing his prison blog. It's mentioned in the books text a couple times. John must have made his parents proud with this one.

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  • William
  • 07-16-19

A Great Read.

Very Interesting. I would highly recommend. Followed his case as it happened, youtube him and learn about his book/case, and then come back and read this!