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

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This is a story of heroes and secrets.

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. At the base of this wall lies "The Book of Honor," in which the names of these agents are inscribed--or at least thirty-five of them. Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names. The identity of these "nameless stars" has been one of the CIA's most closely ...

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Overview

This is a story of heroes and secrets.

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. At the base of this wall lies "The Book of Honor," in which the names of these agents are inscribed--or at least thirty-five of them. Beside the dates of the other thirty-six, there are no names. The identity of these "nameless stars" has been one of the CIA's most closely guarded secrets for the fifty-three years of the agency's existence. Even family members are told little--in some cases, the agency has denied the fact that the deceased were covert operatives at all. But what the CIA keeps secret in the name of national security is often merely an effort to hide that which would embarrass the agency itself--even at the cost of denying peace of mind for the families and honor due the "nameless stars."

In an extraordinary job of investigative reporting, Ted Gup has uncovered the identities, and the remarkable stories, of the men and women who died anonymously in the service of their country. In researching The Book of Honor, Gup interviewed over four hundred current and former covert CIA officers, immersed himself in archival records, death certificates, casualty lists from terrorist attacks, State Department and Defense Department personnel lists, cemetery records, obituaries, and tens of thousands of pages of personal letters and diaries.

In telling the agents' stories, Gup shows them to be astonishingly complex, vibrant, and heroic individuals--nothing like the suave superspies of popular fiction or the amoral cynics of conspiracy buffs. The accounts of their lives--and deaths--are powerful and deeply moving, and in bringing them at long last to light, Gup manages to render an unprecedented history of covert operations at the CIA.

About 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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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: 9780385492935
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/16/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.51 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.38 (d)

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 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

    CIA

    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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