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My Half-Century with the CIA

by John Sager



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/14/2013

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781449789725
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781449789718
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 408
ISBN : 9781449789732

About the Book

Uncovered is the life story of eighty-three-year-old cold war veteran John Sager. An operations officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, his postings to pre-revolutionary Iran, Gamal Abdel Nasser’s Egypt, and Nikita Khrushchev’s Soviet Russia thrust him into the midst of America’s most tumultuous half-century since World War II.

The author’s memoir reveals an up-close vision of the nitty-gritty of cold-war intelligence work: recruiting and handling agents, devising ways to insert them into the hermetically sealed Soviet Union, managing the CIA’s Moscow station, and running intelligence-gathering operations in the United States. Over his fifty-plus years of service, he experienced much of the CIA’s silent struggle with America’s principal adversary. Now he shares those reflections, through the eyes of a born-again Christian.

But the story is more than that. Sager combines his spy craft with a passion for fly fishing, an avocation that took him to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula, where he found the long arm of the Russian intelligence service waiting. And when he returned to the United States to stay put, he reconnected with the love of his life in a marriage that lasted barely five years, cut short by tragedy.

About the Author

John Sager is an avid fly fisherman and a retired United States intelligence officer, whose services for the Central Intelligence Agency, in various capacities, spanned more than a half-century. He now lives in the Covenant Shores retirement community on Mercer Island, Washington. There, the walls of his bachelor pad—he calls it Joan’s Gallery—are adorned with her exquisite water color paintings, acrylics, and batiks, everlasting reminders of the girl of his dreams.