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Author Devine, Jack, 1940-

Title Good hunting : an American spymaster's story / Jack Devine with Vernon Loeb.

Publication Info. New York : Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2014.


Location Call No. Status
 Farmington, Main Library - Adult Department  327.1273 DEV    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  327.1273 DEV    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  327.127 DEVINE    Check Shelf
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  327.1247 DEVINE    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description 324 pages, 8 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "A master class in spycraft from one of its greatest practitioners. Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson's war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar in Colombia; he tried to warn George Tenet that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. Devine served America's interests for more than thirty years in a wide range of covert operations, ultimately overseeing the Directorate of Operations, a CIA division that watches over thousands of American covert operatives worldwide. Good Hunting is his guide to the art of spycraft, told with great wit, candor, and commonsense wisdom. Caricatured by Hollywood, lionized by the right, and pilloried by the left, the CIA remains one of the least understood instruments of the United States government. Devine knows more than almost anyone about the CIA's vital importance as a tool of American statecraft. Now, as he sees it, the agency is trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, being transformed into a paramilitary organization. Its capacity to do what it does best has been seriously degraded. In wonderfully readable prose, Good Hunting aims to set the record straight. This is a revelatory inside look at an organization whose history has not been given its real due"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 303-306) and index.
Contents 1. Inside the Invisible Government -- 2. Mules, Pick-up Trucks, and Stinger Missiles -- 3. "Your friend called from the airport" -- 4. "You need to polygraph him" -- 5. "Jack, this changes it all, doesn't it?" -- 6. Do I Lie to the Pope, or Break Cover? -- 7. Selling the Linear Strategy, One Lunch at a Time -- 8. Jousting with the Soviets : When I Knew It Was Over -- 9. A New Boss, a Bad Penny, and a Principled Heroin Dissent -- 10. The Rooster and the Train -- 11. Raising the Bar -- 12. Undisclosed -- 13. Splitting a Steak -- 14. Good Hunting -- Postscript -- People Consulted.
Subject Devine, Jack, 1940-
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Spies -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century.
Espionage, American -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Intelligence.
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century.
Added Author Loeb, Vernon.
ISBN 9780374130329 (hardback)
0374130329 (hardback)
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