Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA
On Sale: January 7, 2014
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In 1975, fresh out of law school and working a numbing job
at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took â€śa total shot in
the darkâ€ť and sent his rĂ©sumĂ© to the Central Intelligence
Agency. He had no notion that more than thirty years later,
after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven
presidents, he would become a notorious public figureâ€”a
symbol and a victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11
Washington. From serving as the point person answering for
the Iran-contra scandal to approving the rules that govern
waterboarding and other â€śenhanced interrogation techniques,â€ť
John Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of
the significant operations of the CIAâ€™s modern history.
In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIAâ€™s evolution
from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws,
rules, and a seemingly neverending string of public
controversies. Rizzo offers a direct window into the CIA in
the years after the 9/11 attacks, when he served as the
agencyâ€™s top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain
the subject of intense debate today. In Company Man,
Rizzo is the first CIA official to ever describe what â€śblack
sitesâ€ť look like from the inside and he provides the most
comprehensive account ever written of the â€śtorture tapeâ€ť
fiasco surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu
Zubaydah and the birth, growth, and death of the enhanced
Spanning more than three
decades, Company Man is the most authoritative
insider account of the CIA ever writtenâ€”a groundbreaking,
timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence.
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