A Life of Lies and Spies

A Life of Lies and Spies

by Al Trabue

Overview:Alan Trabue chose a bizarre, dangerous way to make a living. In A Life of Lies and Spies, Trabue exposes the often perilous world of polygraphing foreign spies in support of CIA espionage programs. He recounts his incredible, true-life globe-trotting adventures, from his induction in the CIA in 1971 to directing the CIA's world-wide covert ops polygraph program.

A Life of Lies and Spies brings readers into the high-stakes world of covert operations and the quest to uncover deceit, featuring a high-speed car chase, blown clandestine meetings, surreptitious room searches, tear-gassing by riot police, and confrontations with machine gun-armed soldiers. Liberally sprinkled with side anecdotes—such as debriefing an agent though a torturous swarm of mosquitoes in a jungle shack—Trabue's story highlights both the humor and the intrinsic danger of conducting CIA covert activities.

Writing from a unique perspective framed by his uncommon longevity and broad experience, for which he was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal, Trabue's memoir unveils the CIA's use of polygraph and interrogation to validate recruited spies' bona fides and information obtained through their acts of espionage.

Sharon Weiss (08/21/19): Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that there is a large army of CIA analysts who are professional lie detector examiners. They cover the world and interview all potential CIA employees and vet potential foreign spies. Mr. Trabue's book is an account of his long CIA career with details about many of the specific interviews. He protects the names of the countries and people, so you won't learn about any CIA secrets, but the you will learn more about intelligence gathering and gain respect for the CIA workforce.
Rating: ****

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