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Author Trabue, Alan B.

Title A life of lies and spies : tales of a CIA covert ops polygraph interrogator / Alan B. Trabue.

Publication Info. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2015.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 East Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - EMPG-6  327.1273 TRA    AVAILABLE
 Rock Island Main Lib Adult Non-Fiction - RIPG-6  327.1273 TRA    AVAILABLE
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 304 pages ; 22 cm
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unmediated rdamedia
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Contents Ready, aim... -- Welcome to my world of lies and spies -- Destination: covert ops polygraph -- On the road -- Trying times -- Covert operations and polygraph process -- Thor at the door -- Poorly chosen test sites -- Tales of the unexpected -- The inebriated case officer -- Extreme nervousness -- Castro's buddy beats the box -- Mata Hari -- A failure to communicate -- The John Wayne impersonator -- The perilous world of espionage -- Security first -- Best laid plans -- One interpreter too many -- Keep a low profile -- Epilogue.
Summary "Alan Trabue chose a bizarre, dangerous way to make a living. In A Life of Lies and Spies, Trabue exposes the often perilous world of polygraphing foreign spies in support of CIA espionage programs. He recounts his incredible, true-life globe-trotting adventures, from his induction in the CIA in 1971 to directing the CIA's world-wide covert ops polygraph program. A Life of Lies and Spies brings readers into the high-stakes world of covert operations and the quest to uncover deceit, featuring a high-speed car chase, blown clandestine meetings, surreptitious room searches, tear-gassing by riot police, and confrontations with machine gun-armed soldiers. Liberally sprinkled with side anecdotes-such as debriefing an agent though a torturous swarm of mosquitoes in a jungle shack-Trabue's story highlights both the humor and the intrinsic danger of conducting CIA covert activities. Writing from a unique perspective framed by his uncommon longevity and broad experience, for which he was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal, Trabue's memoir unveils the CIA's use of polygraph and interrogation to validate recruited spies' bona fides and information obtained through their acts of espionage" -- provided by publisher.
Subject Trabue, Alan B.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Polygraph operators -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- United States.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
ISBN 9781250065049 (hardcover)
1250065046 (hardcover)
9781466871557 (e-book)

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