Beyond Repair

The Decline and Fall of the CIA

Book Description

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

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“A devastating portrait of the agency's culture—with details that only an insider would know.”
—David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist and author of Body of Lies

“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.”

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: “Don't fall.” 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.

About Faddis, Charles

Charles Faddis served 20 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an Operations Officer,

including Department Chief, Central Intelligence Agency's Counter-Terrorist Center, Washington, DC, and Chief of Station – Middle East.