1/4 Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story, by Jack Devine.

Jun 15, 01:24 AM
Image: Soviet ground forces in action while conducting an offensive operation against the Islamist resistance, the Mujahideen. Public domain 

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story, by Jack Devine.     Malcolm Hillgartner (Narrator), Blackstone Audio, Inc. (Publisher) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A master class in spycraft from one of its greatest practitioners. 

Jack Devine ran Charlie Wilson's War in Afghanistan. It was the largest covert action of the Cold War, and it was Devine who put the brand-new Stinger missile into the hands of the mujahideen during their war with the Soviets, paving the way to a decisive victory against the Russians. He also pushed the CIA's effort to run down the narcotics trafficker Pablo Escobarin Colombia. He tried to warn the director of central intelligence, George Tenet, that there was a bullet coming from Iraq with his name on it. He was in Chile when Allende fell, and he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it. He also tangled with Rick Ames, the KGB spy inside the CIA, and hunted Robert Hanssen, the mole in the FBI. 

Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story is the spellbinding memoir of Devine's time in the CIA, where he served for more than 30 years, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations, responsible for all of the agency's spying operations. This is a story of intrigue and high-stakes maneuvering‑‑all the more gripping when the fate of our geopolitical order hangs in the balance. But this audiobook also sounds a warning to our nation's decision makers: covert operations, not costly and devastating full-scale interventions, are the best safeguard of America's interests worldwide. 

Part memoir, part historical redress, Good Hunting debunks some of the myths surrounding the agency and cautions against its misuses. Beneath the exotic allure--living abroad, running operations in seven countries, serving successive presidents from Nixon to Clinton--this is a realist's gimlet-eyed account of the CIA. As Devine sees it, the agency is now trapped within a larger bureaucracy, losing swaths of turf to the military and, most ominous of all, becoming overly weighted toward paramilitary operations after a decade of war.