Reviews

Here is a rare thing, a biography of a CIA chief that neither dodges shameful truths nor throws gratuitous mud. Packed, to boot, with genuine revelations about the crime of the century -- the assassination of President Kennedy. A tour-de-force!

} Anthony Summers, author of Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover.

Every decade or so, a talented writer provides a genuinely new glimpse into the CIA's shadowy history. Morley's account of legendary spymaster Winston Scott chronicles a life led in secret, stretching from the agency's founding through Scott's tenure as station chief in Mexico City. Morley tells the story with literary energy and an eye for the dark moments when intelligence stops making sense.

} Thomas Powers, author of the The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA

A literary triumph that uncovers some of the darkest secrets of stat while also revealing the human cost of a life led in service to that secrecy. The story of Michael Scott's search for the truth about his father, Winston, is riveting and sad and also shared in different ways by the family members of thousands of other top intelligence agents during the Cold War.

} Nina Burleigh, author of A Very Private Woman: The Life and Unsolved Murder of Presidential Mistress Mary Meyer

...sprays gasoline on the embers of conspiracy theories about the CIA's relationship with Lee Harvey Oswald.

} Jeff Stein, National Security Editor, Congressional Quarterly