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Inside the Company: C.I.A.Diary [Paperback]

Philip Agee
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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (30 Jan 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140040072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140040074
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Grandad to Edward Snowden. 31 May 2014
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I read this book years ago but i was bought it as a present so re read it. It sums up nicely just about what America is in reality. A very nasty place. Not the folks but the establishment. This was way back in the 60s and 70s and as Ed Snowden now reveals along with others, the Yanks have learned nothing in the intervening years Its all about control on behalf of the big corporations and the wealthy.
Read this book to give you the foundation for more study on the CIA.
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2.0 out of 5 stars CIA. 16 Nov 2009
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A long book, but needs to be to show (quite graphically in this book), over a 10 year period, the kind of dirty tricks that the US government, via the CIA, uses to interfere in the economic, social, political and legal affairs of other countries - friendly and unfriendly alike, thrghout the world, by a (then active)senior station officer

An eye opener.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of the first detailed expose of the CIA 5 Feb 2000
By Faisal A. Qureshi - Published on Amazon.com
Philip Agee was recruited by the CIA so he could fight for the American Dream. Unfortunately for them, he became disgusted by following State policy and supporting foreign regimes whose main aim was to fill their own pockets and pay lip service to democracy.
Agee's book is massive and detailed with tidbits about CIA operations during his period with them. The problem I have is that he uses a diary format to tell his story and that you can easily get lost amongst the various Codenames for CIA agents/operations. The lack of a index doesn't make life easier. Apart from that, a very good expose of the working life of anyone who works for the spooks.
5.0 out of 5 stars must read 14 Feb 2014
By jarhead87 - Published on Amazon.com
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all the dirt exposed you can connect everything that has happened in las 15 years to this book written from events in the 60's
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book 18 Jun 2002
By Bert Ruiz - Published on Amazon.com
Philip Agee breaks the CIA code of silence and pens a revealing book about American intelligence gathering in Latin America. Agee leaves the agency, disgusted with sleezy cold war tactics. No other book patiently explains how the CIA recruits and operates.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As thorough as they get 28 Feb 2000
By D. B. Rathbun - Published on Amazon.com
Phil adopted the diary format because the editor wanted it that way. He wrote the book by going through newspaper microfiches, reading what the regular press had said about some events, recalling what really happened based on his own recollection, and putting it back together. I think most of the "how I wrote Inside the Company" is detailed in his follow-up book "On the Run," which is also a fascinating read. One thing to note about Phil is that his experiences have affected him and biased his judgement in some ways. He was there, and everything he writes is true, but he is an extremist, and often sees things in a bitterly stilted fashion, and sometimes does things that leads to the murder of US officials. One may argue that these officials engaged in oppresive operations and large scale murder are deserving of death themselves, as Agee does, but his "deserving of death" label has perhaps become a little too incompassionate.
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