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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,112 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Valerie Plame Wilson Narrator: Valerie Plame Wilson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power

On July 6, 2003, four months after the United States invaded Iraq, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s now historic op-ed, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” appeared in the New York Times. A week later, conservative pundit Robert Novak revealed in his newspaper column that Ambassador Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was a covert CIA agent. The public disclosure of that classified information spurred a federal investigation and led to the trial and conviction of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, Scooter Libby, and the Wilsons’ civil suit against top officials of the Bush administration. Much has been written about the “Valerie Plame” story, but Valerie herself has been silent—until now. Some of what has been reported about her has been frighteningly accurate, serving as a pungent reminder to the Wilsons that their lives are no longer private. And some has been completely false: distorted characterizations of Valerie and her husband and their shared integrity.

Valerie Wilson retired from the CIA in January 2006, and now she sets the record straight, providing an extraordinary account of her experiences, and answers many questions that have been asked about her covert status, her responsibilities, and her life. As listeners will hear, the CIA still deems much of the detail of Valerie’s story to be classified. And as a public service, an afterword, drawn from the public record by national security reporter Laura Rozen, provides a context for Valerie’s own account.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fair Game—which takes its title from Karl Rove’s phrase about the legitimacy of blowing Ms. Wilson’s professional camouflage—describes how intense stress wrought havoc on the Wilsons’ marriage, not to mention Ms. Wilson’s state of mind…[And] she powerfully evokes the disbelief, fury and uncharacteristic terror that came with being outed.” 

    The New York Times 

  • “Plame had a front-row seat on both the politicization of pre-war intelligence and White House efforts to stem post-invasion criticism…[She] can be viewed as a canary in the proverbial coal mine, and her book reads like a grim testament to the noxious atmosphere of our current politics.” 

    Boston Globe 

  • “An extraordinary account of her training and experiences, and answers many questions that have been asked about her covert status, her responsibilities, and her life.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Wilson reads clearly, with immediacy and sincerity and a note of barely suppressed anger.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Among the risks faced by men and women who volunteer to serve in our intelligence services are those which derive from American politics. This story shows us how strong the desire to serve can be and how treacherous the risks are in the minefields of Washington. Valerie Wilson volunteered at the height of the cold war. She expected to be betrayed by our enemies, not us.” 

    Bob Kerrey, Former United States Senator and Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence 

  • “Plame spent a courageous and honorable career on the front lines of terrorism only to come home and meet the ultimate betrayal, her own country—unethical politicians and unscrupulous journalists. Plame’s story is a modern odyssey, a cautionary tale that should make Americans think twice before sacrificing their patriots.” 

    Lobert Baer, Former CIA Case Officer and the author of See No Evil and Sleeping With The Devil 

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bernadette | 2/19/2014

    " It looked interesting but lacked a lot. Hard to plow through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary | 2/8/2014

    " Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson were caught in the net of the "Imperial Presidency" and they became victims of the neocons. Two people who spent 20+ years serving their country became collateral damage of liars who confused covering lies of the President/Vice President with what was good for the country. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leofwin | 1/20/2014

    " Man, did they (the Bush Republican machine) screw her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 1/18/2014

    " If the Cheney cabal can do this to a highly trained CIA operative and her former ambassador husband, then what might the ordinary citizen expect. "

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