Company Man – Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA

Company Man: Thirty Years of controversy and crisis in the CIA by John Rizzo
Company Man: Thirty Years of controversy and crisis in the CIA by John Rizzo

Company Man Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA By John Rizzo Published by Scribe http://www.scribepublications.com.au RRP $29.99 in paperback ISBN 9781922070845 For some reason this book got buried and should have seen the light of day in my blog much earlier. Company Man, by former top-level CIA insider John Rizzo is filled with revelatory stories about the US government’s intelligence program. In 1975, fresh out of law school and working in a mind-numbing job at the US Treasury, John Rizzo took ‘a total shot in the dark’ and sent his résumé to the Central Intelligence Agency. In a 30 year career Rizzo witnessed and/or participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA’s modern history. He was the agency’s top lawyer in the years after the 9/11 attacks, and oversaw actions that remain the subject of intense debate today. In the book, Rizzo charts the CIA’s evolution over the course of his career, and offers a direct window into the organisation during some of its biggest controversies. There are longer reviews of this book that will give you greater insight – as one reviewer points out, the title is not ironic. Rizzo is indeed a company man. New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/books/review/john-rizzos-company-man.html?_r=0 Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/cia-insider-advocates-sharing-secrets-20140109-30is7.html

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