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On the Run [Hardcover]

Philip Agee

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26 Nov 1987
In 1974 Philip Agee achieved instant international notoriety. He had quit the Central Intelligence Agency three years earlier and later published an expose, "Inside the Company", which blew the cover on the forces behind dozens of political and social upheavals and counter-revolutions around the world. From the day he left the CIA, Philip Agee was marked by it as an enemy: hunted, arrested, threatened, expelled from country after country (often illegally) and sometimes prosecuted. In 1977, after living in Britain for almost five years, he was refused an extension of his visitor's permit and forced to leave the country "in the interests of national security". In 1979 Agee's US passport was revoked. In this book, Agee tells the story of the events and feelings that led him to leave the CIA and of his struggles to survive while writing "Inside the Company" and after it was published. His growing sense of outrage at the CIA's covert interference in nations whose attmepts at social and political reconstruction Agee increasingly admired, coupled with his brave attempts to redress the balance through exposure of CIA agents and actions in Europe, Africa and South America are described here.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (26 Nov 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747501351
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747501350
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,372,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best one of the Philip Agee series 3 May 2013
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"On The Run" is one of those books you can't put down. It's a CIA pursuit of one of its own agents. Why? Phil Agee broke a rule by writing "Inside The Company - CIA Diary" uncensored, and if they couldn't arrest him, they wanted him dead.

In order of ease of reading, "On The Run" is #1, with "Dirty Work" #2, and the original "Inside The Company - CIA Diary" turned out to be the least readable of the three because of the vast details, names, and dates to plow through to get to the end of the book. If you like Bond and Bourne fiction, "On The Run" is quite real - traveling with him through Paris, Geneva, Managua, Havana, and more.

The Agee books provide a background for understanding why the US government is now hated and feared throughout much of the world, if not in America. Anyone who does an internet search of "Operation Mockingbird", or "Operation Gladio", among others, will begin to understand why Agee believed CIA black ops were pure evil, although Agee never acknowledged that both sides of the Cold War were fighting for power and global control of natural resources, rather than good vs. evil. It's a fascinating book for spy fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars americans need a good wake-up call and this should be part of it 1 July 2014
By P. F. Soto - Published on
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A must read; americans need a good wake-up call and this should be part of it! Imagine, almost 40 years later and nothing has changed - except for the worse. What we complain about now has been going on for eons: corporate/military control of our so-called 'democracy.' Fully investigate the CIA (the mafia for corporate interests); and help educate the sheeples. The planet needs american awareness and a will to action. Thank you Philip Agee for writing this amazing tell-tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deja Vu 14 Mar 2014
By P. Pawlowski - Published on
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Philip Agee was the Edward Snowden of the 1970s and 1980s. Like Snowden, Philip Agee helped shed light on CIA dirty dealings and is one of the (hopefully) ongoing line of brave Americans who exposed US government hypocrisy and double standards that lie behind the facade of "democracy" in the "free world."
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4.0 out of 5 stars CIA Agent Real Job 17 July 2014
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If you want to know what really goes on with the CIA this is the book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Philip Agee Was As Pathetic As The CIA 27 July 2014
By Anthony Frank - Published on
Philip Agee was a pathetic alcoholic/druggie recruited to infiltrate the KGB by pretending to defect. It was all the brain child of CIA Director Richard Helms, another alcoholic, who was Director of the CIA from 1966 to 1973. Instead of infiltrating the KGB by pretending to defect, Agee defected by pretending to infiltrate the KGB. He was reporting to Richard Helms all along, and the wretchedly corrupt CIA was financing him at all times, including the time in which he wrote this book.

But if someone wants to fantasize about how exciting it must be to be an ex-spy on the run, go ahead and buy this piece of fiction. He made it all up, probably with the help of his CIA cohorts. Agee was incapable of writing anything cogent.
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