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Don't shoot the ice cream man: A Cold War Spy in the New World Disorder

Waste, James

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ISBN 10: 0615283438 / ISBN 13: 9780615283432
Published by Ringwalt Press, Alta, CA, 2010
Condition: Very good(+) Soft cover
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Octavo oin black and white and red wrappers; illus.; 440 p., 21 cm. Includes laid in postcard promoting the book. Inscribed and signed by author on title page. || Abstract: "At the height of the Cold War, two men in dark suits and shades walked into the San Francisco antique store that James Waste had opened after a successful international career with Bechtel. Their mission: to ask Mr. Waste to serve as an oberver for the CIA. Waste accepted on the spot. Over the course of the next three decades, he reported to the agency both as a case officer and as an independent contractor, first behind the Iron Curtain and later along the ancient Silk Road of Central Asia. From the mangled hulk of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, to the violent ungoverned reaches of Tajikistan, to the Tbilisi office of former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, this book combines a vivid collage of first-hand experiences with a compelling behind-the-scenes portrait of a changing world." -- from publisher's description. Very good(+) copy. Lightly worn wrappers around the edges; light shelfwear to wrappers; some soil stains along the edges of pp. 127-130; very few, small specks of ink along the edges of pages; else tight copy; pages are mostly clean, bright and free of marks and creases; binding is tight. Bookseller Inventory # 84500

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Title: Don't shoot the ice cream man: A Cold War ...

Publisher: Ringwalt Press, Alta, CA

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Very good(+)

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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“A pithy and readable account of some extraordinary experiences.”
—Former Secretary of State George Shultz

“A fascinating read by a lone operator whose vital service to our nation contrasts with those of us in uniform or civilian life.”
—Brigadier General Harold Hyde, AUS (Ret.)

At the height of the Cold War, after a successful international career with Bechtel, James Waste was recruited to serve as a covert observer for the CIA. Over the course of the next three decades, he reported to the agency both as a case officer and as an independent contractor, first behind the Iron Curtain and later along the ancient Silk Road of Central Asia. In his fast-paced memoir—from the mangled hulk of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, to the violent ungoverned reaches of Tajikistan, to the Tbilisi office of former Soviet Foreign Minister and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze—Waste combines a vivid collage of first-hand experiences with a compelling behind-the-scenes portrait of a changing world.

About the Author:

James Waste was born in Berkeley, California, a third-generation Californian. During his twenty-year career with the Bechtel Corporation, he worked as a field construction engineer and project manager on major power plants, refineries, and pipelines in the United States and abroad. Later, while pursuing a more leisurely livelihood as a dealer in high-end antiques, Waste was recruited by the CIA to help evaluate the physical collapse of the Soviet infrastructure and the changing political and economic climate of the post-Cold War world.

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