Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA (Hardcover)
Title: Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA
Could you ever have guessed that a spy's most valuable item to carry around would be, not a gun or a disguise, but 3x5 index cards?
Want to know how agents use the balance on coffee cards to communicate with their handlers?
Ever wonder what the clandestine training at "The Farm" is really like?
As a reader of spy fiction, I absolutely loved Amaryllis Fox's memoir and the light is sheds on the real world corners of the intelligence lifestyle. Her soulful observations about terror, love, and genuine human connection give the espionage here more heart than you might expect.
You'll love it, too, if you like fiction like "The Expats" and "I Am Pilgrim," or TV shows like "Alias," Covert Affairs," or "The Americans."— From Tim
Amaryllis Fox's riveting memoir tells the story of her ten years in the most elite clandestine ops unit of the CIA, hunting the world's most dangerous terrorists in sixteen countries while marrying and giving birth to a daughter
Amaryllis Fox was in her last year as an undergraduate at Oxford studying theology and international law when her writing mentor Daniel Pearl was captured and beheaded. Galvanized by this brutality, Fox applied to a master's program in conflict and terrorism at Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, where she created an algorithm that predicted, with uncanny certainty, the likelihood of a terrorist cell arising in any village around the world. At twenty-one, she was recruited by the CIA. Her first assignment was reading and analyzing hundreds of classified cables a day from foreign governments and synthesizing them into daily briefs for the president. Her next assignment was at the Iraq desk in the Counterterrorism center. At twenty-two, she was fast-tracked into advanced operations training, sent from Langley to "the Farm," where she lived for six months in a simulated world learning how to use a Glock, how to get out of flexicuffs while locked in the trunk of a car, how to withstand torture, and the best ways to commit suicide in case of captivity. At the end of this training she was deployed as a spy under non-official cover--the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia.
Life Undercover is exhilarating, intimate, fiercely intelligent--an impossible to put down record of an extraordinary life, and of Amaryllis Fox's astonishing courage and passion.
About the Author
Following her CIA career in the field, AMARYLLIS FOX has covered current events and offered analysis for CNN, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, the BBC, and other global news outlets. She speaks at events and universities around the world on the topic of peacemaking. She is the co-host of History Channel's series American Ripper and lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
"Gripping... Fox masterfully conveys the exhilaration and loneliness of life undercover, and her memoir reads like a great espionage novel."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)