This revealing memoir from a 34-year veteran of the CIA who worked as a case officer and recruiter of foreign agents before and after 9/11 provides an invaluable perspective on the state of modern spy craft, how the CIA has developed, and how it must continue to evolve.
If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a modern-day spy, Douglas London is here to explain. London’s overseas work involved spotting and identifying targets, building relationships over weeks or months, and then pitching them to work for the CIA—all the while maintaining various identities, a day job, and a very real wife and kids at home.
The Recruiter: Spying and the Lost Art of American Intelligence captures the best stories from London's life as a spy, his insights into the challenges and failures of intelligence work, and the complicated relationships he developed with agents and colleagues. In the end, London presents a highly readable insider’s tale about the state of espionage, a warning about the decline of American intelligence since 9/11 and Iraq, and what can be done to recover.
The author comes off to me as a know-it-all who is full of himself.
When people have the honor of working for the C.I.A., the main thing that is asked of them is that they do not share their experiences publicly.
It never fails that a percentage write books and claim, "I had to write this, for the good of the agency.". This author uses that same justification. I think it is a lame justification for doing the one thing that you are asked not to do.
There are entertaining parts, but in general, I am sorry that I supported the author with my purchase.