Fair Game: How a Top CIA Agent Was Betrayed by Her Own Government

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Valerie Plame Wilson

Narrated By: Valerie Plame Wilson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: October 2007

Duration: 6 hours 52 minutes

Summary:

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 CIA operative. The public disclosure of that secret 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, not only as a citizen but as a wife and mother, the daughter of an Air Force colonel, and the sister of a U.S. marine, she sets the record straight, providing 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. As readers will see, the CIA still deems much of the detail of Valerie's story to be classified. As a service to readers, an afterword by national security reporter Laura Rozen provides a context for Valerie's own story.

Fair Game is the historic and unvarnished account of the personal and international consequences of speaking truth to power.

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  • Anonymous

    Heavily redacted due to CIA rules, the book is somewhat frustrating to read. The redaction seems especially petty and possibly vindictive by the CIA staff since much of what was removed is in the public domain, and was included by the publisher at the end of the book anyway. That being said, I felt the book came up short in detailing exactly what was the point of her being "outed" as a CIA spy by the Administration, which was my major interest in the first place. All-in-all, you'll learn a little about who Valerie Plame Wilson was, something of her CIA career, and something about what kind of Administration was running the Country during the Bush years.

  • Anonymous

    I was really interested in this story- and was looking forward to listening to the book. However, in the introduction they tell you about how the manuscript was submitted to the CIA and they redacted many things (this went to litigation and Plame and the publishers lost). They dealt with this by playing a beeping sound every time something had been redacted, thus making it so I could not listen to more than 1/2 of the first CD. I did listen to the afterward that contained a lot of detail on the last 2 cds which was interesting, but I would not recommend this as a listen b/c the beeps are just too annoying.