The “revealing” (The New Yorker) insider history of the CIA from a lawyer with a “front-row seat on the hidden world of intelligence” (The Washington Post). Former CIA director George J. Tenet called Company Man a “must read.”
Over the course of a thirty-four-year (1976-2009) career, John Rizzo served under eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, ultimately becoming a controversial public figure and a symbol and victim of the toxic winds swirling in post-9/11 Washington. In Company Man, Rizzo charts the CIA’s evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. As the agency’s top lawyer in the years after the 9/11 attacks, Rizzo oversaw actions that remain the subject of intense debate, including the rules governing waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques.”
Rizzo writes about virtually every significant CIA activity and controversy over a tumultuous, thirty-year period. His experiences illuminate our nation’s spy bureaucracy, offering a unique primer on how to survive, and flourish, in a high-powered job amid decades of shifting political winds. He also provides the most comprehensive account of critical events, like the “torture tape” fiasco surrounding the interrogation of Al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubayadah, and the birth, growth, and death of the enhanced interrogation program. Company Man is the most authoritative insider account of the CIA ever written—a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence. This is “emphatically a book for anyone who cares about the security of this country” (The Wall Street Journal).
Gave me a whole new respect for what the CIA does for us
I've been a big Obama supporter from even before I worked on his two presidential campaigns. That said, one of the things I disagreed with him most on was the release of the previously classified documents pertaining to the "water boarding" and other associated practices. When I first heard John Rizzo interviewed on NPR about this book, I remember even then, agreeing with him that the interrogation practices, although controversial, that the CIA used post 9/11 were an absolute necessity and thus, had no business being released to the general public. This was a fast read for me and I really appreciate the fact that Mr. Rizzo wrote every single word of his Memoir.
Pure, shameless fiction.
Rizzo repeatedly contradicts himself and, in my opinion, presents outright lies to his audience. I believe this book does a disservice to its readers.
Excellent book that keeps your attention all the way through. I recommend this for anyone interested in the inner workings of the CIA both pre and post 911. Great information.