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Company Man


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From a former top-level insider - whom the *Los Angeles Times* has called 'the most influential career lawyer in CIA history' - comes an unprecedented memoir filled with revelatory stories about the US government's intelligence program.

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John Rizzo had a 34-year career as a lawyer at the CIA, culminating with seven years as the agency's chief legal officer. Since retiring from the CIA, he has served as senior counsel at a law firm in Washington, DC, and is a visiting scholar at the Hoover Institution. He is a graduate of Brown University and George Washington University Law School.


'A larger than life character, with great style, nobody worked harder to protect the nation and the men and women of CIA than John Rizzo. Company Man offers fresh insights into the some of the most highly debated national security issues of our time, from the perspective of an honest and dedicated public servant ... A must read.' - George J. Tenet, former director of central intelligence 'The most influential career lawyer in CIA history.' - Los Angeles Times 'A wonderful book by a man who was in the eye of the storm for thirty-four years. Told with humor and unfailing appreciation for the politics of espionage, Company Man is the best book out there on the modern CIA.' - Robert Baer, New York Times-bestselling author of See No Evil and The Perfect Kill 'John Rizzo, formerly the CIA's top attorney, has superbly captured the scope of his fascinating career in Company Man. Not only does he cover the major espionage and covert action of the decades he served, he also conveys an enduring and critical lesson for all liberal democracies - the centrality of the rule of law at the nexus of foreign policy and intelligence. John, who always provided clear and honest counsel to the CIA's Clandestine Service, has crafted an important book with the same sense of intellectual integrity and duty.' - Ambassador Henry A. Crumpton, New York Times-bestselling author of The Art of Intelligence, Chairman & CEO of Crumpton Group LLC and 24-year veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service 'John Rizzo has seen it all in his 30 years as a CIA lawyer, and he tells the truth in this absorbing, well-written memoir of his life as a Company Man. Think of Tom Hagen, the Corleone family lawyer in "The Godfather," and you begin to get the flavor of what Rizzo had seen and heard. He draws vivid portraits of the agency's great characters and their sometimes outrageous schemes. The best thing about the book is that you sense Rizzo never stopped being a lawyer or trying to give his clients good, straight-up advice. If you're interested in the inside life of the CIA, read this book!' - David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and New York Times-bestselling author of Body of Lies 'When the CIA was in trouble, big trouble, it called John - Rizzo knows where the bodies are buried because he helped stash them. Body Counts reads like the CIA's conscience: what the CIA was thinking as it shifted from collecting information to killing terrorists after 9/11. Why did the CIA violently interrogate suspects and then destroy the evidence? Rizzo knows, and he's talking.' - Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent and author of War Journal 'Company Man is simply the most revealing insider account to date of the top ranks of the CIA during its most historic - and controversial - era. There is news and humor in every chapter. Frankly, I often found myself wondering why the CIA's pre-publication censors signed off on some of it.' - Dana Priest, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post and co-author of Top Secret America

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