NOW IN PAPERBACK-with a new preface by the author An insider's account of why the CIA is ill-prepared to protect America, and why it must be replaced without delay * "e;A devastating portrait of the agency's culture-with details that only an insider would know."e;-David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of Body of Lies "e;Faddis, a career CIA operations officer, pulls no punches in this provocative critique of the iconic and dysfunctional spy agency. . . . In a world where threats are multiplying and becoming more complex, [his] bleak assessment of the CIA should be required reading."e;-Publishers Weekly (starred review) In Beyond Repair, one of the Central Intelligence Agency's most respected former operatives mounts a scathing critique of the preparedness of today's CIA-and, specifically, the Directorate of Operations at its core-to defend America against the dizzying dangers of the twenty-first century. In a compelling blend of analysis and fascinating true-life stories, Charles S. Faddis argues that the CIA has devolved into a low-risk or, often, no-risk bureaucracy of careerists whose mantra might be summed up thus: "e;Don't fall."e; He discusses the birth of the CIA, how the agency works from the inside out, why things have gone awry-and how to build a new entity that will maintain the midnight watch, so Americans can sleep well at night.
The Decline and Fall of the CIA