Inside: A Top G-Man Exposes Spies, Lies, and Bureaucratic Bungling in the FBI

Inside: A Top G-Man Exposes Spies, Lies, and Bureaucratic Bungling in the FBI

by I. C. Smith
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Inside: A Top G-Man Exposes Spies, Lies, and Bureaucratic Bungling in the FBI by I. C. Smith

Reflecting on a career that spanned twenty-five years and four continents, Special Agent I.C. Smith gives you the inside story of the Bureau's greatest takedowns and biggest screw-ups. This intrepid G-man has seen it all.

From China to the South Pacific, from East Berlin to Arkansas, I.C. Smith is one of the FBI's most storied figures.

In this riveting new book about the Bureau, Smith brings a fresh, insider's perspective on the FBI's most well known triumphs and failures of the past three decades. Robert Hannsen. Morris and Eva childs. Larry Wu-Tai Chin. Aldrich Ames. Smith offers unique insights into how these monumental investigations were handled, or often mishandled, in alarming detail. He also confronts head-on the string of errors inside the FBI?in management and in the field?that directly led to the attacks of September 11th.

Filled with startling new information, including more than seventy never-before-published findings, Smith tracks his incredible rise from street agent in St. Louis to special agent in charge of Arkansas?where he took on the corrupt political system that produced President Bill Clinton.

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ISBN-13: 9781595553331
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

I.C. Smith is a former Navy man and police officer who went to work for the FBI during the height of the Watergate investigations and ended his career more than twenty-five years later during the Whitewater investigation. Both an expert in counterintelligence and government corruption investigations, Smith was involved in numerous high profile cases including the Larry Wu Tai Chin espionage and Katrina Leung cases and has unique insights into such cases as the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen investigations. He served overseas as a legal attaché for the South Pacific, based in Canberra, Australia, and spent a year at the Department of State where he traveled to the Soviet Union, Nicaragua, and China while conducting counterintelligence threat surveys. As special agent in charge in Arkansas, Smith became intimately involved in the campaign finance investigations during the Clinton administration and initiated a top-down investigation of corruption in the political machine that produced a president of the United States. Those investigations became national news, and the Wall Street Journal called Smith a "storied figure" in the FBI. Smith, since his retirement in July 1998, has been a frequent commentator on national security issues in the national media and has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution. From a street agent in St. Louis, Missouri, to a member of the FBI's elite Senior Executive Service, Smith's career encompassed some of the FBI's greatest accomplishments and most visible failures, and he tells those stories with unusual candor as only one on the inside can.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my opinion Mr. Smith writes a superior book with honesty and candor. The facts show what has been happening inside our government for decades. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the facts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I.C. Smith isn't in the habit of sugarcoating his words, and his book stays true to his personality. This well-written book reads like a conversation with the man: straightforward, honest, holding no punches. It spans his decades of work within the FBI, illustrating successes and failures. He warns, through specific events, then in his own words, about the growing political use and abuse inside the agency, the federal judicial system and the U.S. Department of Justice. Again and again, he lays out facts to reach his own brand of conclusions. You might not agree with all of those conclusions, but the book engages the reader's mind. That's especially true in his section about events leading to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He served as the special agent in charge of the Little Rock, Ark., FBI office during most of the Whitewater and other Clinton-related investigations. We all know what happened, of course, but Smith gives his version of the underlying reasons about why some events unfolded as they did. As a journalist, I was involved in reporting about some of the public corruption investigations Smith included in his book. For events I know about firsthand, he's accurate to a fault. I'd recommend this book to all who enjoy nonfiction works that delve into the intertwined workings of federal government and politics.