The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives

The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives

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by Ted Gup
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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 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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ISBN-13:
9780307428196
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
278,449
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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The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Put your name, reason, and a bit of your history if you want.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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A truly excellent book which provides a good background on the officers of the Agency.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.