Blowing My Cover

Blowing My Cover

My Life as A CIA Spy

Book - 2005
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A clever, funny memoir from a young woman who fulfills her Mission: Impossibledreams by joining the CIA, only to discover that the life of a spy is not at all what she expected. Lindsay Moran was a bright-eyed, idealistic Harvard graduate who hoped to serve her patriotic duty while living a life she'd first dreamed of as a child watching James Bond movies and reading Harriet the Spy. After applying to the CIA and passing lie detector tests, background investigations, and psychological screenings, she soon found herself in training at the Farm, learning how to crash cars through barriers at a hundred miles an hour, not to mention how to withstand interrogation. But she was simultaneously learning that the life of a spy wasn't nearly the glamorous-not to mention principled-job she thought it would be. Her first posting, to Macedonia, confirmed it, as she witnessed firsthand the culture inside an organization whose intelligence failures led to tragic results during her own tenure. With a true story both thoughtful and funny, a wonderful new talent pulls open the doors to the CIA.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2005.
ISBN: 9780399152399
0399152393
Characteristics: 295 p. ;,20 cm.

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blondtraillite
Aug 17, 2010

Expresses what it is really like to be a spy (oh the boredom and moral conundrums) and is a nice light read. Funny in parts, particularly great when in training. Not so great after September 11th. Great for traveling (read nearly whole thing on train, 8 hours with dyslexia and breaks for motion sickness)

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armadillo
Jan 24, 2010

Through her experiences training and living as a CIA agent, Moran gives fascinating insight into the CIA. Using humor and her adventures, Moran shows readers the duality of her job, it's strengths and weaknesses, and the moral dilemma that accompanies all jobs in the clandestine service.

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