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From impressionable rookies to computer-savvy tricksters, these unique professionals challenge the James Bond fantasies of espionage. This compilation addresses the problems operatives face, such as what to do when your child gives herself an alias, what phrases to learn when traveling in a terrorist country, and how to choose that perfect surveillance location, all with humor and witty observation.
The information included in this book was provided by the extended Agency family, as well as officers in other U.S. intelligence agencies, currently serving or retired.
Ed Mickolus is a thirty-three-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency who worked as an analyst, covert action officer, manager, and public affairs officer. He teaches intelligence issues for federal agencies. A recovering standup comic, he often gives presentations on his collection of 1,622 ugly neckties and collects classic automobiles. Mickolus resides in northern Virginia.
Posted September 27, 2011
When readers think of the CIA, they envision men and women with sunglasses, black hats, and pressed suits that are so stiff the agents seem to walk like they are being strangled by a twenty-thousand-pound octopus. They are larger than life and know all the secrets that the world has to offer. You feel as if they are tapping your phones, your house, your car - that by just standing in the same room with them, they are clairvoyant and can hear your thoughts, and they automatically KNOW if you ever even THINK of doing anything illegal. But in this new book, a completely different take is made on the CIA, offering readers a collection of articles that are truly hilarious, and show a side of the CIA that is all laughs, giggles, and odd little quirks that will keep you smiling all day. Told by an actual former CIA operative, these articles absolutely declassify this overly-secret organization so that readers get an inside look at the pranks, jokes, computer tricks and more. This is a must-read for anyone who is interested in law enforcement OR having a laugh. And some of the 'secrets' that are uncovered will blow the mind. One of these secrets is the fact that, before becoming CIA agents, a great many of these very-serious individuals were actually stand-up comics (no lie). And in 1990, these men got together and created a lunchtime Comedy Club using in-house material and, of course, teasing some of the most 'ridiculous' leaders known to this country. The jokes they would spew about Bush, Quayle, Perot.I mean, come on.they - like the late-night guys - had more than enough material to keep going. (If you don't laugh at these, then there is something seriously wrong with you and you need to seek a doctor's care immediately). The author has done a magnificent job offering the book world a fun - probably more than truthful - look at the REAL CIA. After this, the sunglasses are off, the suits are no longer pressed, but wrinkled, and the 'scary-looking' agents no longer tap your phones - they tap dance. Quill Says: This one will keep you laughing far into the night.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.