Written by one of its own graduates, Class 11: Inside the CIA's First Post-9/11 Spy Class is a gripping insider's look at the first post-9/11 CIA training class-the most elite and secretive espionage training program in the country.
Like all Americans, T. J. Waters was stunned, angry, and grief stricken by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. More than that, he wanted to take action to help prevent such an event from ever happening again. Waters was not alone. In the weeks following the attacks, the Central Intelligence Agency received over 150,000 resumés from people wanting to serve their nation as spies. More than one hundred students were admitted to the CIA's Clandestine Service to become Class 11, the first post-9/11 CIA training class. It was the largest and most diverse class in the agency's history. Joining Waters were a World Trade Center victim's fiancée, an NFL alumnus, a New York City comedian, a college athletics coach, a hostage negotiator, and a single mother. Class 11 is the real story of how this band of everyday Americans joined together to endure the challenge of a lifetime and serve their country. Against the backdrop of Osama bin Laden's videotaped taunts; the Washington, D.C., sniper attacks; and the loss of a CIA field officer in Afghanistan, Waters takes readers behind the scenes, where the trainees learned methods of subterfuge, mastering disguises, withstanding interrogations, and crossing into hostile territory without being detected.
Class 11 is a fascinating and moving portrait of an extraordinary group of Americans with the courage and resolve to make a difference in the war on terror.
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Hurray for heroes and people who defend the nation!
Thank God for people like this, but the limitations on what can or should be revealed leaves very little interesting for a book. Let's assume that these people are infiltrating bad guys and destroying enemy plots, but they can't tell us about it or reveal how it was done. Nor should they.
One of the most fascinating, informative, exciting, and accurate books about the CIA clandestine service’s intense training and covert activity.
Narrator is great. He has a warm and friendly, but serious and enthusiastic voice. Very appropriate for the subject.
The book is well written in a manner that makes you instantly build emotions towards the story, the protagonist and the settings.
After being disappointed with a few books about the CIA, this one was exactly what i wanted. Real information written in a friendly and relatable fashion. (as relatable as possible. Considering being a CIA officer is probably among the top 5 most unrelatable positions)
Highly recommended. Well worth the cost.