This memoir of a CIA operations officer captures the spirit of the early years of the business enterprise, a interval occasionally defined as its "finest hours." utilizing the identify "St. Martin," Stuart Methven served within the CIA from the Nineteen Fifties in the course of the Nineteen Seventies. The ebook opens by way of describing the author's education within the clandestine arts and next project to Asia in a rustic he calls "Bushido." There he's interested in quite a few operations, together with person who takes him below the sea, and earns his case officer's "brevet." A nation-building application in "Cham" follows, which starts off good adequate whilst Methven profits a tribal leader's self belief through parachuting badly wanted offers to his mountain village. It ends without notice, even though, with a coup d'etat and civil conflict that forces Methven's evacuation, the 1st of numerous in the course of his career.
His subsequent task is in South Vietnam operating to counter one other budding insurgency. Methven spends 4 years within the mountain and delta provinces of Vietnam ahead of being given a sabbatical to MIT's college of foreign experiences. After finishing his experiences, he returns to Southeast Asia as a deputy station leader with a spotlight on a wide Soviet undertaking in Samudra and the recruitment of Soviet army officials. Promoted to station leader, his ultimate project is in principal Africa, the place his station turns into middle degree for a wide covert operation that pulls Soviet and Cuban army intervention. Glimpses of the CIA from the interior are infrequent, and Methven's memories of his reports in the course of a formative interval within the Agency's background can be of specific worth to these with an curiosity within the CIA and foreign affairs―and in secret agent stories.