CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

Memoir Literature

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Eddington, Patrick G. Long Strange Journey: An Intelligence Memoir. Shelbyville, KY: Wasteland, 2011.

Aftergood, Secrecy News, 28 Feb. 2011, notes that the author worked "as an imagery analyst for the CIA's National Photographic Intelligence Center" and "provides an introduction to the world of light tables, mensuration and the now-defunct world of the NPIC analyst." But he also undertook "a personal investigation" into Gulf War Syndrome. In the second half of the book, Eddington tells the story of his efforts "to air his ... findings to his superiors at CIA, to military officials and to congressional overseers."  This is his personal account, "and the thought processes of his bosses, colleagues and adversaries that led them to reject or downplay his efforts are not clearly articulated here." Nonetheless, Eddington's "impassioned first-person account raises challenging questions that go beyond the particulars of [his] story."

Everett, James. The Making and Breaking of an American Spy. Durham, CT: Strategic Book Group, 2011.

According to Peake, Studies 55.3 (Sep. 2011) and Intelligencer 19.1 (Winter-Spring 2012), this is the story of the author's "17-year career in the CIA as an officer under non-official cover (NOC)." Because the post-Watergate investigations found that "E. Howard Hunt worked for the same firm as Everett," the CIA's relationship with the firm and Everett's employment were ended. This work "is a sad personal story that conveys the difficult life of NOC officers."

Garbler, Florence Fitzsimmons. CIA Wife: One Woman's Life Inside the CIA. Santa Barbara, CA: Fithian Press, 1994.

Clark comment: The CIA career of Garbler's husband was derailed around 1964 when he came under investigation by James Angleton as a Soviet mole. Paul Garbler's obituary appears in Adam Bernstein, "CIA Cold Warrior Paul Garbler; Won Payment Over Loyalty Slur," Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2006, B6.

Surveillant 3.6 notes that Garbler's husband spent thirty-six years (1942-1978) in the intelligence business and was the first chief of station in Moscow (1962-1964). Garbler blames Richard Helms "as weak for refusing to step in and curtail an out-of-control Angleton who was engaged in a character and career assassination campaign of her husband and others."

According to S.E., CIRA Newsletter 20.2, the "first portion of this book relates a wonderful love story.... Then, despite its title, it begins to represent the memoirs of both husband and wife chronicling their more than 25 years with the Agency.... [I]f the couple were fond of a CIA or cover colleague they usually do not name that person.... Former Director Richard Helms and DDO Tom Karramessines, Foreign Service officers Malcolm Toon and Walter Stoessel, along with others, each come in for their own harsh treatment."

Garcia, Ralph A. Harbor Knight: From Harbor Hoodlum to Honored CIA Agent. iUniverse, 2013.

Peake, Studies 57.4 (Dec. 2013), notes that the author advanced to GS-15 without a college degree. "For those wondering what a CIA career is like and what one can do when motivated to serve his country, Garcia's story is a fine model."

Gates, Robert M. From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996.

Selected quotes from the numerous reviews of this important and very readable book are available at REVIEWS of From the Shadows.

Gilligan, Tom. CIA Life: 10,000 Days with the Agency. Guilford, CT: Foreign Intelligence Press, 1991. 2d ed. Boston, MA: IEP, 2003.

Surveillant 1.1 says that this is an "account of the life of a loyal Agency employee who sees warts but understands and accepts the realities of the business." An entry on the CIA Website (https://www.cia.gov) notes that "[t]he author covers his 28-year career from his recruitment through his training as a CIA operations officer, culminating with his assignment as chief of applicant recruitment in New England."

From advertisement: "In this Second Edition, Tom Gilligan shows how U.S. Congress's success in destroying CIA Covert Action capabilities has made the President and the country reliant exclusively in the 21st century on overt military response to international threats such as Terrorism."

Goodall, Harold Lloyd, Jr. The Need to Know: The Clandestine History of a CIA Family. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2006.

Peake, Studies 51.1 (Mar. 2007), advises that this is the story of the author's efforts to fill in the gaps about his father's life. Along the way, there are "chapters with irrelevant [and inaccurate] detail" and "excessive comparisons with the life of Gatsby, that confuse rather than elucidate." The reviewer concludes that the work "is inaccurate, speculative, and dull."

Goodrich, Austin. Born to Spy: Recollections of a CIA Case Officer. Berkeley, CA: Creative Arts Book Co., 2003.

Boyd, CIRA Newsletter 28.3, says that "Goodrich has written a cross between personal memoir and an instruction manual. Reading the book from either perspective is enjoyable, thanks to Goodrich's highly anecdotal manner of writing and the clarity of his views on recruiting/agent handling."

Gregg, Donald P. Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas. Washington, DC: New Academia Publishing, 2014.

Nathan, FA 94.3 (May-Jun. 2015), finds that the author "recounts his experiences with insight and humor." However, "Gregg offers few details of his work for the CIA, drawing more from his NSC and ambassadorial postings."

Grenier, Robert L. 88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2015.

Finn, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2015, calls this "an admirably frank addition to the bookshelf" of CIA memoirs. The author was "CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, before and after 9/11." He tells "a sweeping story ... in a sharp, straightforward style while pausing to let us in on the ad-hoc decision-making of the sometimes absurd world he inhabited.... The centerpiece of the book, the evolution of the improvised, chaotic assault on southern Afghanistan by teams of CIA officers and Special Operations forces alongside hastily mustered Afghans, is vividly told."

For Rubin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2015, what this book "chiefly offers are details of the role of both the C.I.A. and the Pakistanis in the Pashtun areas of Afghanistan in the months after 9/11.... Hampering the account, however, is a sometimes brash and even self-congratulatory tone that raises questions about his reliability as a narrator.... Those looking for insight into Pakistan's willingness to give the Taliban a safe haven and for America to tolerate it will find Grenier's account illuminating."

Mazzafro, Proceedings 141.7 (Ju. 2015), believes this book "will be useful to anyone interested in better understanding Afghanistan's place in the global war on terror, but scholars will be frustrated by the ... lack of footnotes and biblography." He also implies but does not overtly say that he is somewhat bothered by a self-centeredness to the author's narrative. To Freedman, FA 94.3 (May-Jun. 2015), this "book illuminates the intricacy of the area's politics and provides some interesting characterizations of players on both sides of the porous Afghan-Pakistani border."

Peake, Studies 59.2 (Jun. 2015), says that "88 Days To Kandahar is first a stimulating, provocative, and forthright account of America's First Afghan War. Second, it is an assessment of national security policy since 2001 in South Asia and the resurgence of the Taliban that led to the Second American Afghan War.... Third, and more broadly, it is also an insightful appraisal of the challenges we face today in South Asia. A fine contribution, it deserves a place on the  bookshelf -- virtual or traditional -- of every officer, but only after reading."

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