Company Confessions: Secrets, Memoirs and the CIA
by Christopher R. Moran
[Thomas Dunne Books, August 2016, 400 pgs]
Moran, associate professor of US National Security at the University of Warwick (UK), wonders what happened to the days when spies adhered to their oaths to keep quiet, and to never betray operations or agents. For decades, CIA’s Publications Review Board (PRB) routinely vets, redacts, and approves dozens of books by former officers. Some of these memoirs in recent years received huge advances and attracted considerable publicity. Moran examines the motivations of those who write these memoirs as well as the changing policies of the PRB.