My name is Eric Burkhart. I recently retired after a successful career as a CIA Case Officer. Poisoned while working in Kosovo in 2001, I continued my career into Iraq and beyond. I always seemed to be living out of a suitcase. From a post-college job in African townships, to a stint as an Immigration Agent on a Texas Border Bridge, ending up in the CIA seemed pre-ordained. This is my story.
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Mukhabarat, Baby! My Life as a Wartime Spy for the CIA based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via iRead Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine. A good spy story has always resided at the top of my reading lists and my favorite TV shows. In spite of these two favorites, I still didn’t know what to expect from Eric Burkhart’s memoir. I received more than I expected. Mukharabat, Baby! is more than a humdrum daily accounting of this man’s life as a CIA Case Officer and wartime spy for the CIA. Eric has brought together an interesting array of colleagues and stories to share with his readers. Each one brings into focus another aspect of what Eric’s life was like while he served our country so courageously. What charmed me most in reading Mukhabarat, Baby! is Eric’s down-to-earth accounting of his life in places I consider exotic, dangerous, or deadly arenas to call your workplace. I was also pleasantly surprised to learn that inside the CIA is almost like any other corporate office space, government or private sector. Many of the same internal issues and quirky co-workers live there! Eric has a unique, life-like way of describing the characters with whom he worked closely. I felt I could almost envision them (with or without their physical statements made from time to time). Equally well done are the various locales where Eric was stationed. But all is not good in certain venues in our lives, and Eric’s life changed in many ways due to his career choice. I would not be a good reviewer, however, if I lifted the screen to reveal all in my review. I highly recommend Eric’s writing to you. It reveals an All-American fellow who grew up to follow a dream and against all odds, he did. If you are a fan of wartime espionage and/or spy stories, you’ll enjoy each chapter in Eric’s memoir. Eric, allow me to thank you for your service in keeping our country and its citizens safe.
This book is the autobiography of the author experience in the CIA. The book is written in a down-to-earth fashion and easy to read format. I love how each chapter is a different event for the author instead of a long narrative that can be slow and boring. This book opens the eyes of the reader of what the CIA really is. Due to TV and other media, many of us have developed a stereotype of what members of the CIA are. This changed my few. In saying that there are some things that the reader needs to be warn to. There is some profanity including f*. With it being during wartime, there is violence described. There is also some other disturbing events the author describe, but in my opinion he is never too graphic. Overall it is a good book.