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Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2004

    Time to Tell the Truth

    This work initially appealed to me because I know (knew? - he has been incommunicado for over six months now; even his wife and children have had no word from him or anybody else as to his safety or whereabouts) one of these poor suckers. And that is just what they wind up being. The CIA lures them in with briefcases full of cash infused with red, white and blue BS, and then, poof, there goes their personal lives. The effect of the fallout on their families and friends is heartbreaking. While the author obviously gave it his all - just gaining access to his data must have been a gargantuan task - he couldn't possibly have conveyed the true depth of the price anyone even remotely connected with a field operative pays. Sadly, they are just pawns in a chess game for rich men. Why only two stars? The author gets an 'A' for effort, but cannot possibly come close to telling the whole story, which leaves the reader with more questions than annswers after turning that last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2003

    Lacking kick

    This was a great topic to write a book about. We need to know who our heroes are. However, reading the book, I felt that a lot of the key information was missing. Although I realize that the author often had to obtain classified information, the book could have been written much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2001

    What we don't know . . .

    A fascinating look into the lives of men and women who were helping our country in ways we could have never imagined. Definitely worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    The Pride of America

    I think that all the below reviews offer different sides of this book. But one thing that can not be denied is that there are Americans who go to great lengths to protect us and our country, and this is a tribute to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2000


    This book details of the brave people who worked in the CIA who risked their lives every single day of their CIA career to get valuable information from they enemy. And yet their work goes unheard of. Until now we can have some basic knowledge on how these brave CIA operatives did. They were brave men and they deserve to be recommended. The best way for them to be recommended is by reading this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Gup tells it like it is

    Recently I've been toying with the notion of sending my resume to the agency but upon reading Ted Gups The Book Of Honor I've now got mixed emotions about doing so. Mr. Gup outlines just how these individuals gave so much of themselves and then gave the ultimate sacrifice only to be honored in the same total secrecy that they served. I understand that this is done under national security reasons and that the agency has got to protect its own, but after reading The Book of Honor you can't help but feel for the families and loved ones who now must live in their own world of secrecy. I think that for the time being I'll post pone my resume to the agency. If you love reading true stories of the goverment and its agencies then this book is a must

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Sad, true, superficial, simplistic, blinders kept firmly on

    Oh, woe is we, the mean ol' Agency won't tell the whole story or even match many of the stars on the wall with the names of these dead heroes, wonderful good ol red-blooded boys (except the girl) one and all. This theme is repeated again and again and again, ad nauseum. Yes, it's thorough, sorta (we get through all the stars). Then again, we get only tiny glimpses of what most of these heroes actually did to deserve all the whiny honor. Still secret, ya see, after all these years. A competent historian could elaborate on the context of their lives, and deaths, but don't look for it in this book. If you're an uncritical patriotic type, or an ex-Company spook, you will probably give this drivel 5 stars. I'm a Viet vet (MP) who lived next door to a CIA CORDS-Phoenix spook for a year, and I'm not impressed.

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