Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent In This Hard Hitting Memoir, Fred Burton, A Key Figure In International Counterterrorism And Domestic Spycraft, Emerges From The Shadows To Reveal Who He Is, What He Has Accomplished, And The Threats That Lurk Unseen Except By An Experienced, Worldly Wise Few Plunging Readers Into The Murky World Of Violent Religious Extremism That Spans The Streets Of Middle Eastern Cities And The Informant Filled Alleys Of American Slums, Burton Takes Us Behind The Scenes To Reveal How The United States Tracked Libya Linked Master Terrorist Abu Nidal Captured Ramzi Yusef, Architect Of TheWorld Trade Center Bombing And Pursued The Assassins Of Major Figures Including Yitzhak Rabin, Meir Kahane, And General Muhammad Zia Ul Haq, The President Of Pakistan Classic Cases That Have Sobering New Meaning In The Treacherous Years Since Here, Too, Is Burton S Advice On Personal Safety For Today S Most Powerful CEOs, Gleaned From His Experience At Stratfor, The Private Firm Barron S Calls The Shadow CIA Told In A No Holds Barred, Gripping, Nuanced Style That Illuminates A Complex And Driven Man, Ghost Is Both A Riveting Read And An Illuminating Look Into The Shadows Of The Most Important Struggle Of Our Time

Former police officer and special agent.

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
  • Fred Burton
  • English
  • 04 April 2019
  • 9781400065691

10 thoughts on “Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent

  1. says:

    Ghost had some interesting contents For people who have read espionage nonfiction there will be things everyone s read several times discussions of dead drops, brush passes, surveillance and evasion There s a couple of intriguing passages that I haven t read anywhere else especially speculation about the death assassination of Zia in Pakistan And the book brings back a lot of memories about how we viewed terrorism in the 80s However, the book is short, and quite short on details, which is probably unavoidable due to security regulations It seems to try and focus on what it was like to be a CT agent, how your life changes, and at this task Burton both succeeds and fails you get a sense of how different his life has become and what sacrifices the people in his life have had to make, and how his personal resolve and reflection drive him to save lives and nail the bad guys And this is interesting if not expertly rendered, at least rendered well enough to draw the reader in somewhat Yet it s hard to avoid the realization that this focus on the personal aspects of his life is chosen because there s comparatively little that he s allowed to talk about because of security concerns, and while I d imagine most readers understand that the bulk of his day to day duties can t be discussed for obvious reasons, the relative dearth of this data is still a little unsatisfying for the reader The whole point of the book s appeal is that he s a counterterrorism agent, yet like so many other intelligence professionals have found, it s very hard to make a gripping story if you cut out all the stuff you re not supposed to talk about Although Burton s role grew in importance as time went on, we hear less and less of what he was actually doing in that time and and of the focus on personal things, and it almost seems like filler.The bottom line is that this is an interesting read and worth a look, but don t expect something earth shattering For fans of this sort of work, you will find comparatively little to distinguish this work from several others in its kind, but enough that you won t be unhappy.

  2. says:

    Where to begin with this book Fascinating content, candid description of how a the US counter terrorism portion of the diplomatic service originally had 3 overworked agent, 2 of them fresh out of training Interesting anecdotes about the writer s career.However, two huge flaws 1 Cluttered writingThe author repeats himself ad nauseum the type of warm jacket he wears, the car he drives, the fact that he sees the world as black and white and the nature of his work is shades of gray 2 No narrativeCounter terrorism grows across agencies, his own organization blossoms, technology changes but these are mere punctuation and not part of the story Ugh What was truly interesting came in quick glimpses of a mere second or two How does one reconcile letting a killer go free and be on the payroll for information which may save lives in the future.How does one balance family with vocation

  3. says:

    Author Fred Burton reveals the sinister realities of the global counterterrorism game in a very serious, readable, unpretentious way The book is devoid of the ego tripping and grandstanding that a lot of these memoirs suffer from i.e books like Jawbreaker etcI wasn t expecting tales of hair raising takedowns of terrorists in some Beirut slum or gun battles with Iranian agents in some Middle Eastern embassy, so if you re some ignorant film junkie who thinks that s what counterterrorism is about, avoid this book.Instead of merely discussing the generally unnecessary though nonetheless advisable precautions taken to avoid tails, Burton paints dramatic portraits of imminent danger which ultimately lead tonothing It isn t the result nothing that I found frustrating, but rather the overly dramatic portrayal of relatively routine occurrences I have little doubt that at many points in his career he was truly and justifiably frightened, but every recounted story does not warrant a paragraph about how he may never see his family again Further, his constant referral to himself as a spook involved in the perilous dark world is destined to annoy some readers.I also found intersesting Burton s theory that the airplane crash that killed Pakistani President Zia was a KGB hit the Soviet Union s farewell kiss to the mujahadin as the Red Army withdrew from Afghanistan in defeat Burton was the lead investigator on that case In most books I ve read, Ghost Wars The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, for example the incident is regarded as an accident Burton provides an interesting take on that, but also says that the Soviets would have had no plausible reason to carry out such an operation besides, plausible reasons that make sense are usually missing from conspiracy theorists What a surprise Burton suggests that it could have been India.On page 30, upon Burton s entering the CIA headquarters for the first time, I read a statue of Nathan Hale, a Revolutionary War spy who went to a British hangman s noose with the immortal words Give me liberty or give me death on his lips Give me liberty or give me death Those are certainly immortal words Nathan Hale Isn t that quote is attributed to Patrick Henry Hale is remembered for the words I regret that I have but one life to give to my country.

  4. says:

    At first the premise for the book seemed appealing Hearing about the life of a counterterrorism agent directly from the source seemed appealing Like all books written by intelligence officers, it is understood that certain things just cannot be said or talked about for fear of it affecting current operations This is a real story after all Still, I jumped at the chance to read it not really sure what to expect What I got was a bit dissapointing It s intriguing to see what the author goes through, his thoughts, his view of the things that are going on Still, that s part of the problem So many people are referenced mentioned throughout the chapters that you d have to spend a day on Wikipedia just to figure who is who and how they relate to the stuff that is going on It s really just impossible trying to keep track of it all Don t get me wrong, I have a good memory but without any real depth to the people everyone just blends together and I just couldn t remember who is who Honestly, I got halfway through the book and just had to put it down I didn t finish reading it but I have decided to base my review on just what I did read.

  5. says:

    I read it all the way through because I m really curious about the human equation in the world of the spook I learned little of any depth, so don t expect an expos No depth of feeling or learning by the author.

  6. says:

    Fred Burton, former spy agent is very informative, touching, frightening comforting Reader, Tom Weiner, is clear, a rarity for deep voices Recommended 2008

  7. says:

    Interesting but hated the way it was written. How many different ways can you say the same damn thing

  8. says:

    Cool story, too bad it was embellished to make him look cool Poser.

  9. says:

    The reality of the book is perhaps a little less no holds barred than the hyperbole above would suggest Non the less interesting, bordering on the fascinating, but not quite as explosive as I m sure his publishers wanted it to appear If that was because he left stuff out, that s certainly quite possible, or that s because I m just a modern cynic, I m not really sure Though, quite what I would expect to be told, to make me feel it was no holds barred I can t define either.His writing style and presentation of his life in terrorist detection, is pretty matter of fact and restrained, as befits a man writing about his job, if you think about it He certainly was involved in some pretty high profile cases, and documents this formative period in world spying and terrorism the change over from le Carr , to Bourne, as I found myself thinking while under way.What I found most interesting, and affecting personally, was the matter of fact documentation of the tolls the work had on him as a person and his family at the time and future He kind of understates it, but you are allowed to form your own impression I came away with the usual for me at least feeling of being thankful that there are people prepared to go the extra mile even Americans for the sake of us all.Recommended.The ultimate book blog Speesh ReadsThe ultimate Facebook Page Speesh Reads

  10. says:

    I am grateful for the author s service and his details in reporting his life as a spook I just found the narrative to be a bit heavy handed and braggadocious It was interesting and entertaining nonetheless and it covered areas of time in my childhood where I failed to realize the gravity of the political scene think Reagan and Bush 1 eras and how the world was and still is, unfortunately , a hot bed of potential and devastating disasters, kidnappings, bombings, and destruction Grateful that I read it.

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