Memoir Literature


Shane, Scott. "Coming in From the Cold, Ex-Spies Tell It All." New York Times, 15 Mar. 2005. [http://www.nytimes.com]

"These days, more and more American spies who come in from the cold go right back out, on book tours.... [A] swelling library of increasingly candid C.I.A. memoirs reflects a striking cultural change at the agency.... J. Ransom Clark ... says the breakthrough for spy-and-tell books came in 1997 with the autobiography of a legendary operations officer, Duane R. Clarridge.... [T]he recent books paint a strikingly detailed cumulative picture of the craft of espionage.... The authors explain the use of aliases and disguises, methods for shaking off surveillance teams and the myriad ways a cover identity may crumble. They describe how foreign agents are spotted, wooed and won.... 'At the risk of 100 percent hypocrisy, I think it's a bad trend,' said [Robert] Baer, the bestselling C.I.A. memoirist [See No Evil (2002)], of the growing shelf of exposés."

Shapira, Ian. "CIA Memoirs Offer Revelations and Settle Scores Among Spies." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2012. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The proliferation of CIA memoirs has been fueled by the public's appetite for insider accounts into the country's war on terrorism.... The books often command six-figure advances, generate headlines and propel their authors onto network television shows.... [T]he memoirs unspool secrets not easily obtainable under the Freedom of Information Act. Tales about recruiting informants or office gamesmanship at Langley often find their way past the agency's Publications Review Board." Other memoirs are on the way, including from Jack Devine and John Rizzo.

Wark, Wesley K. "Struggle in the Spy House: Memoirs of U.S. Intelligence." In Political Memoir: Essays on the Politics of Memory, ed. George Egerton. Newbury Park, Ilford, Essex: Frank Cass, 1994.

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