Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government

Fair Game How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government Based on Fair Game Valerie Plame Wilson s historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power

  • Title: Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government
  • Author: Valerie Plame Wilson Laura Rozen
  • ISBN: 9781416537625
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
  • Based on Fair Game, Valerie Plame Wilson s historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power.

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    1. This book should make every American angry. Angry that an American President, Vice President, and their staff would break the law, destroy the careers of patriotic civil servants, and send thousands of soldiers to die in an unnecessary war for no reason but to avoid an embarrassing headline in the newspaper. Angry that an agency whose sole reason for existing is to discover and present the truth to those in power should spend taxpayer's money keeping the truth from those who are paying for it. A [...]

    2. I followed this story for nearly four years, so I was delighted to finally be able to get the story from Valerie Plame Wilson's point of view.When I first dug into the book, I thought, "Well, she's not a writer, but neither am I, so I can't hold that against her." But the further I went, the more I felt like something was missing (besides the blacked-out parts); it was curiously flat, with very little depth or dimension. Even the chapter where she dealt with post-partum depression failed to move [...]

    3. A Kafka-esque story that will send chills down your spine because it’s actually true; too bad it’s such a dry, flat read. It’s worth more 3.5 stars than just three because the author was able to make this mess into something that the average reader could understand.This is the story of ex-CIA spy Valerie Plame-Wilson whose cover was blown by the government that employed her all out of pure spite because her husband, a diplomat, told the powers that be that there was no cause to go to war w [...]

    4. Valerie Plame Wilson has a story to tell, and it's a compelling one. But the story isn't the problem. The execution in this book is almost unreadable and while Wilson has been through a lot, I don't think that absolves her of the blame for pushing this book to publication when it wasn't ready.Wilson's story is probably interesting and exciting, but I'll never know because she and her publisher chose to move forward with a book after the CIA redacted almost all of its contents. And instead of sta [...]

    5. “Fair Game” is an odd book. Reading accounts of the Plame affair in the “New York Times” or “Washington Post” tells more about her career and issues with the CIA than she was allowed to in her book. Those who followed the machinations of the cabal that used bogus and cynical claims that Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi armed forces had so-called weapons of mass destruction were familiar with the scurrilous treatment of Valerie Plame, career CIA officer and her husband Joseph Wilson, reti [...]

    6. A cautionary tale of what can happen when you, A.) assume that like you others will do the right thing, especially when one works in a bureaucracy, B.) assume that the government wouldn't sell you out in a heart beat to forward its own agenda no matter how ludicrous, C.) don't cover your own ass and back up your own work D.) assume that the CIA wasn't partisan or politicized before the Bush administration. E.) are literally that naive. I learned a lot from this book and it also confirmed a lot o [...]

    7. Awesome biography! I'd like to thank her and her whole family for being strong enough and tough enough not to let our White House get away with it.The Bush administration unfortunately has still gotten away with too much and in my opinion the result of Karl Rove and Scooter Libby was too tame. They should have been tried for treasonriod. I wish justice could have been done the right way with not only this but 9-11 itself. We'll never see it done. Not enough people are yelling for justice. We'll [...]

    8. Well. I had followed this story in the New York Times so was eager to read Ms. Plame Wilson's memoir. The book wasn't horrible, but not the juicy read I hoped for.The redacted sections (courtesy of the CIA, as if they haven't done enough to her!) make for a choppy, disjointed story. For example, the part explaining how Valerie meets Joe is so buried in blacked out pages that the reader goes from Valerie hoping to "have it all" to giving birth to twins. The narrative lacks the emotion I expected [...]

    9. I followed her story at the time of its unfolding. This book tells the story again, though not much new or interesting was added. A good part of this book shows the CIA redactions. That’s part of the story too, but the black lines (pages of them) were distracting. The long afterword by Laura Rozen, I suppose, relates what Plame Wilson could not say because of her work with the CIA. But it was like adding a second book and it was just too much. The Bush people were shameless when it came to pay [...]

    10. I'm going to do my best to review this without making any political statements and focus on the book more than its deeper implications, since I try to keep my reviews book-centered.Fair Game is a true story, recounted by Valerie Plame Wilson - the center of a rather significant American political scandal.Wilson (also referred to frequently by her maiden name, Plame, despite her own personal confusion over why the news latched onto it so often) worked for the CIA in a covert position. In the 200 [...]

    11. Valerie Plame Wilson explains her version of events before and during the scandal involving her husband and trial of Scooter Libby. She insists the intent for writing this book was a means of getting the truth out. Yet the information is blatantly slanted with her obscure, subjective details and professed hatred for the Right. You get toward the final chapters and there is a plug for donations to the Wilson Trust. This trust funds her lawsuit against Cheney, Libby, Rove, and others. Overall I fe [...]

    12. This book did everything a good book is supposed to do. It engaged me, evoked emotional response, told a good story and left me wanting more. This woman's story (or as much as our government would lt her tell) was totally tragic. An effective and talented spy, outed by the country she loved for political retribution. They put her and her family at risk, they attacked her on so many levels. Yet, she remained positive, focussed and truly unique. I watched Frost/Nixon again right after I listened t [...]

    13. This highly personal memoir, recounts how and why Valerie came to work for the CIA and describes the trauma endured by she and her family due to the betrayal by the administration. Valerie, daughter of an Air Force colonel and sister of a marine, gave over twenty years of loyal service to the defense of the United States. In return, she saw her career come to an end and her reputation smeared for political ends.Laura Rozen's afterwards (in the last two CDs) reviews the public record and gives th [...]

    14. Apparently, the CIA redacted approximately 10% of her book, but she and her publisher decided to leave the blacked-out portions in. So according to a review in The New York Times, the part about where she met her husband jumps from a mention of "a woman in a Chanel suit who wheeled two Burberry-wearing pug dogs in a baby carriage" to Joe becoming a part of her life, with 7-and-a-quarter pages of blacked out lines in between! I read Joe Wilson's book several years ago when her cover was first blo [...]

    15. I remember being shocked and fascinated when Valerie Plame was outed as a covert CIA operative by her own government and I kept thinking that there had to be some kind of explaination. Surely the US government wouldn't do this to someone who served their country. I was wrong and the subsequent legal proceedings revealed a cover up at the highest level. Palme's husband, Joe Wilson had been sent by the CIA to Niger to investigate claims of Iraq obtaining yellowcake uranium from Africa prior to the [...]

    16. Valerie Plame Wilson, an undercover operative for the CIA, was "outed" by the Bush White House (a federal crime) in retaliation for her husband's opposition to the President's statement that Iraq had tried to buy yellowcake uranium from Niger--her husband, Joseph Wilson, was a former ambassador sent to investigate the Niger story and had reported to the CIA and the White House that the rumor was false. Nevertheless, the President included the story in his State of the Union address. This was dur [...]

    17. 11/2010 Mike and I went to see the movie Fair Game during the Thanksgiving weekend. I was so fascinated with the story that I wanted to at least look through Plame's and Wilson's books. Sometimes I get 'caught' by memoir, especially political memoir, and sometimes I don't find it particularly interesting. 12/3/2010 I'm intrigued with the structure of the book. About 3/4 is the memoir by Plame; however, many chapters have had portions redacted by the CIA. To compensate, Simon & Schuster hired [...]

    18. Film Fair Game, yang dibintangi oleh Naomi Watts dan Sean Penn, menarik. Tapi bukunya, yang berjudul sama, jauh lebih menarik. Ini adalah kisah hidup Veleri Plame, agen rahasia CIA yang menangani isu senjata pemusnah massal. Sebagaimana layaknya agen rahasia, identitasnya tak boleh dibocorkan. Jika itu dilakukan, pembocornya akan dijerat pidana.Ini cerita tentang Washington, di mana intrik dan persaingan seperti sebuah cerita yang biasa-biasa saja. Identitasnya sebagai agen rahasia ternyata boco [...]

    19. Washington can indeed be a very nasty place. As the Bush administration gathered its evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, prior to invading that country, it encouraged the CIA to provide evidence that he WMD did, in fact, exist. Anything contrary to that assessment was looked upon with skeptisicm and virtually ignored. Enter former ambassador Joe Wilson with a report from Niger debunking a rumor that Iraq had procured "yellowcake" from that country for use in nuclear weapons. I kn [...]

    20. i read this the day after watching the film w/ my parents. very impressive source material (and great movie).i should have read this backwards, though - there's a note from S&S at the top about how she submitted the book (per regs) to the CIA for approval and clearance of any sensitive material. it came back substantially redacted, and various negotiations and a lawsuit later, most of them were left standing -- even the areas that were not classified and had been otherwise reported on in the [...]

    21. Okay, I was all excited to read this book after hearing Ms. Plame's interview on NPR. The CIA! Spy work! The scandal of her outing! How frustrating, then, to get this book and discover that all of the interesting parts have been blacked out by the CIA. Huge chunks of the book are reduced to fragments like "And then he saide gungot married." I have no idea what happened, to whom, or where. The only part of the story that was relatively intact was the section about her boring desk job, which sound [...]

    22. Where do I start? I was so disappointed in this book. I was really expecting more. Even though I can empathize with Valerie Plame and her story, I found the book and the way she wrote of a person that was trying way too hard to not want to play a victim, but yet wanted you to feel sorry constantly about her situation. From everything from the Vanity Fair spread, her postpartum depression, and not to mention the reasoning for keeping all of the blacked out material present to yet prove the point [...]

    23. Pretty boring. Covers her time in the CIA (most of the details of which were redacted, which made for a pretty uninformative read, even with the explanatory afterword), then Novak's outing of her and the aftereffects. Most of her publicity stuff she tries to excuse saying her decisions were made because of all the stress she was under, but it comes off as pretty tough to buy, and not a very good excuse. No Valerie, you think, you pretty much just liked the idea of being on the cover of Vanity Fa [...]

    24. I would have rated the book higher for its content, but I found it a little irritating to know every place the CIA had censored it. I would have preferred a statement about the kinds of material that had been expurgated. That said, it's an informative and troubling book. It compellingly makes the case that there was no intelligence failure that led us into the war in Iraq. Instead, there were a few bad actors (in the White House, unfortunately) who did not want intelligence that did not support [...]

    25. I'd always been interested in this case as it took place through the US courts and the media. I followed it with a passing, if not obsessive interest.Reading the story, from Valerie Plame's side, especially as the book has been published with the CIA's redactions in place (they create a marvellous, if somewhat dissonant effect as you read), gives a tremendous insight into how twisted and bitter the Bush government's need to perpetuate the Iraq War was (and remains afterwards, even now).Plame was [...]

    26. Fair Game is a book that talks about the story of a former CIA agent, Valerie Plame. Valerie Plame is someone who worked extremely hard as she went through the rigors of The Farm: The CIA Training Center, in order to become a Field Officer. She went through things such as mock interrogations, where she was beat, sky diving and various other training while at the Farm. Valerie Plame tries to get her point across by showing many scratched out sentences in her book, which the CIA forbid her to incl [...]

    27. This book, not surprisingly, seemed very one-sided to me. I thought that it was going to be a biography but it seemed to be more about bashing George W. Bush and his administration. Character assassinations galore! Mrs. Wilson's story was very choppy because of all of the redacted sections. I hoped that the afterword would help to fill in the gaps but it was more of a history lesson than a gap-filler. Definitely not my favorite book.

    28. This was difficult to read because of the large amounts of text redacted by the CIA. I didn't feel that I was able to really grasp the early events leading to the author's exposure as a spy until I read the addendum.

    29. This was an intriguing read. I enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes it was hard to follow because most of the sentences are cut off and it jumps into a different line but overall it was alluring. I watched the movie also and it was quite enjoyable!

    30. “Fair Game” is both a personal and political memoir about the 2001 Iraq war , the spy wife and the ambassador man shows us how the war was started by secretary mistake .

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