Kiriakou cracks open the CIA’s vault, revealing an unusually human inside account of what goes on inside. A vivid picture of the tradeoffs facing America in the post 9/11 world.
— Jane Mayer, author of The Dark Side: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

Doing Time Like a Spy

by john kiriakou

On February 28, 2013, after pleading guilty to violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, John Kiriakou began serving a thirty month prison sentence. His crime: blowing the whistle on the CIA's use of torture on Al Qaeda prisoners.

Doing Time Like A Spy is Kiriakou's memoir of his twenty-three months in prison. Using twenty life skills he learned in CIA operational training, he was able to keep himself safe and at the top of the prison social heap. Including his award-winning blog series "Letters from Loretto," Doing Time Like a Spy is at once a searing journal of daily prison life and an alternately funny and heartbreaking commentary on the federal prison system.



Rare Bird Books
Hardcover, May 16 2017: ISBN: 978-1-945572-41-8
US $26.95 | Nonfiction / Memoir

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The Obama Administration and the U.S. Government set out to make an example of John Kiriakou. They succeeded beyond the wildest dreams. John is a shining example of courage, principal and the America we are struggling to preserve. This guy took a bullet for all of us. We are forever in his debt.”
— Marc Ash, Publisher, Reader Supported News
Doing Time Like a Spy is an unusual and outstanding book: part prison memoir, part CIA tradecraft instruction manual. If you ever wondered how a seasoned CIA case officer operates, or how he might use his covert skills to survive an experience as brutal as prison, this is your book. In fact, it contains so much valuable information and so many insights the Agency ought to issue it to new recruits. But of course, its author is John Kiriakou, who blew the whistle on torture, and if the powers that be were vindictive enough to imprison him for that, it’s a safe bet they’ll be spiteful enough to try to keep young recruits from reading him. Go around the censors—you’ll be glad you did.
— Barry Eisler, Former CIA Officer and bestselling author of The God's Eye View
The true life story of a US spy on the frontlines of the war on terror, and what that meant for both his personal and professional life. The Reluctant Spy is a gripping page turner that reads better than fiction. A great read about the murky world of American espionage.
— Peter Bergen, author of Holy War, Inc. and Inside the Secret World of Osama bin Laden
John Kiriakou has done things the hard way, standing up to federal authority for years. The CIA couldn’t silence him when, after fifteen years as an analyst and operations officer, he said the CIA was torturing its prisoners, an act of heroism that cost him two years of his freedom. The Bureau of Prisons couldn’t silence him when, wrongly-confined, he exposed waste, fraud, abuse, and illegality in the prison system in a series of blogs that put him under constant threat of solitary confinement. And he did it all without losing his sense of humor. Doing Time Like a Spy is a must read.
— Daniel Ellsberg, Whistleblower and author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers
With a touch of humor and more than a bit of irony, Kiriakou sheds light on the sad reality that his CIA training amply prepared him to thrive in a US prison. What should outrage the rest of us is that Kiriakou was in prison at all! In fact, Kiriakou’s gentleness is on full display in this book—which makes his circumstances more understandable and outrageous at the same time. And it causes me to ask, ‘How can we ever call it a ‘Justice’ system when an act of conscience that exposes US state crimes is punished and not those who authorized the crimes?’
— Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

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