Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives [NOOK Book]

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In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. Official CIA records only name thirty-five of them, however. Undeterred by claims that revealing the identities of these "nameless stars" might compromise national security, Ted Gup sorted through thousands of documents and interviewed over 400 CIA officers in his attempt to bring their long-hidden stories to light. The result of this extraordinary ...
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Overview

In the entrance of the CIA headquarters looms a huge marble wall into which seventy-one stars are carved-each representing an agent who has died in the line of duty. Official CIA records only name thirty-five of them, however. Undeterred by claims that revealing the identities of these "nameless stars" might compromise national security, Ted Gup sorted through thousands of documents and interviewed over 400 CIA officers in his attempt to bring their long-hidden stories to light. The result of this extraordinary work of investigation is a surprising glimpse at the real lives of secret agents, and an unprecedented history of the most compelling-and controversial-department of the US government.


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At the entrance to the CIA's headquarters are 71 distinctively carved stars, each representing an agent who died in the line of duty. Yet previously released agency records honor only 35 of them by name. Investigative reporter Ted Gup burrowed his way under the deep covers of American intelligence to reveal the stories of men and women far different than those conjured up in films, but no less heroic.
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“Rich reporting...a fitting tribute.”–The Boston Globe
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307428196
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 158,866
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Ted Gup is a legendary investigative reporter who worked under Bob Woodward at the Washington Post, and later at Time. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the George Polk Award and the Worth Bingham Prize. Gup is a professor of journalism at Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Pepper Pike, Ohio


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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
True Believers
1. Forgotten Man 9
2. A Pin for St. Jude 43
3. By Chance 67
4. Waiting for Godot 97
5. Faith and Betrayal 108
A Time to Question
6. Deception 133
7. The Two Mikes 163
8. Homecoming 207
9. Honor and Humiliation 221
10. Privation and Privilege 237
Chaos and Terrorism
11. Indestructible 261
12. Deadly Symmetry 289
13. Damage Control 318
14. The Last Maccabee 338
Epilogue 365
Author's Note and Acknowledgments 376
Index 379
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    Great, but not all that great!!!!

    This is a pretty good book. It is well thought out. If you want to know about all the men (and one women) who have given up their lives for freedom then this is a MUST READ BOOK! The only problem is that he draws out the stories and you find yourself saying, 'Get to the point'!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2002

    Scary, but true

    This book was hard for me to put down. It is scary what the US government will do to it's people to protect freedom.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    There are books that are engaging and those that warm up to enga

    There are books that are engaging and those that warm up to engagement. This book is a warm up to engagement, but it is a very good book. If you get a chance to read Class 11 first I would read that book first as I already have and then continue on with this book. For some reason the two work well together. Don't ask me why they just do. Like two sides of a coin together they complete a perfect Cent...ral Intelligence insight.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2010

    Excellent

    A truly excellent book which provides a good background on the officers of the Agency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    For the love of ?

    Good book that revealed how the CIA evolved fron idealist champion of American policies to bloated goverment agency concerned more with analysis than on site intelligence work that is more dangerous but effective in getting to the source of the problem

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2003

    Not that Great

    This book wasn't that great, it was rather boring and drawn out, and you knew how it was going to turn out. But I really admire Ted Gup for recording these lives, I'm sure it has relieved a great burden off of family members who have had to keep secrets and lie about their family member's life in serving their country.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    Tragic, but True

    Although you know the outcome of every story is the death of an agent, it makes you want read on. Having read a couple of other books on the CIA,this is by far the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2001

    Better than any spy novel!

    This book is an excellent read about the 'guy next door' who may just happen to work for the CIA. The stories of these people and the world they inhabit are more fascinating and heartwrenching than any work of fiction or movie could be. I was unable to put it down. Do yourself a favor and read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2001

    Fascinating Book

    As tragic as the stories are in this book, it was very well written. I couldn't put it down. It gives a very personal touch to each of the agents discussed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the CIA.

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