The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret


The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists [EPUB] ✺ The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists ✽ Tracy Walder – Thomashillier.co.uk An account of a young woman who went straight from her college sorority to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never An account of Spy: From PDF/EPUB ✓ a young woman who went straight from her college sorority to the CIA, where she hunted terrorists and WMDs When Tracy Walder enrolled at the University of Southern California, she never thought that one day she would offer her pink beanbag chair in the Delta Gamma house to a CIA recruiter, or that she d fly to the Middle East under an alias identity This is the story The Unexpected PDF/EPUB or of Walder s tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI.

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  • 272 pages
  • The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists
  • Tracy Walder
  • 13 September 2018
  • 1250230985

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10 thoughts on “The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists

  1. Erin Erin says:

    Thanks to Netgalley, St Martin s Press and Sara Beth Haring for approved access to an e arc in exchange for an honest review Tracy Walder takes readers into the heart of her experience with both the CIA and FBI in the post 911 world Overcoming obstacles in her childhood, Tracy emerges as a fiery spirited woman who cares deeply about people and her country Often labeled as a Malibu Barbie, at home and abroad, Tracy dealt daily with sexism on the job I am still thinking of that instructor Thanks to Netgalley, St Martin s Press and Sara Beth Haring for approved access to an e arc in exchange for an honest review Tracy Walder takes readers into the heart of her experience with both the CIA and FBI in the post 911 world Overcoming obstacles in her childhood, Tracy emerges as a fiery spirited woman who cares deeply about people and her country Often labeled as a Malibu Barbie, at home and abroad, Tracy dealt daily with sexism on the job I am still thinking of that instructor at Quantico What a villain Admittedly, I would like to use stronger language, but my mother and my boss follow my reviews But this isn t a tell all , names are changed except for the political people in Washington that were in government at the time and details from certain missions are marked with for pages But since the note at the beginning warned me of this, I never felt irritated Instead, I found Tracy to be a fascinating, honest, hardworking woman who I would really want to have as a friend I also REALLY appreciated the focus on her career stories You won t find details about hook ups and her trying to keep herself girly by wearing pink I wish Tracy all the best in her new career as an educator Those young women are lucky to have you in their lives Goodreads review published 16 01 20 Expected publication date 25 02 20

  2. Lex Kent Lex Kent says:

    This was an interesting and at times riveting memoir While I don t read a ton of nonfiction, I m a fan of memoirs, biographies, and true stories that almost feel like reading fiction I figured the true story about a real life female spy would be right up my alley This was a little different than I expected, but I thought it was very good It s very readable and I finished it in one sitting since I didn t want to put it down.What made this story really interesting to me was that Tracey was in This was an interesting and at times riveting memoir While I don t read a ton of nonfiction, I m a fan of memoirs, biographies, and true stories that almost feel like reading fiction I figured the true story about a real life female spy would be right up my alley This was a little different than I expected, but I thought it was very good It s very readable and I finished it in one sitting since I didn t want to put it down.What made this story really interesting to me was that Tracey was in her first year at the CIA when 9 11 happened While of course Tracey can t give away national secrets in this book, but getting her take on what is what like working for the CIA during that time was quite gripping Tracey was also still in the CIA when the Bush administration kept asking for proof of saddam Hussein having WMD s bio terrorism was one of her specialties but there were none for her to give them They actually used Tracey s poison terrorist chart after they changed and tampered with her info to help sell the war Tracey really was right in the middle of many important moments and it was very interesting reading The book is a little tough to read at times, but not as much as you would expect for someone working in counter terrorism There were references to many deaths and graphic pictures, but some of the toughest parts to read were about the sexism she faced I also found it very interesting that while she visited countries where women have hardly any rights at all, the worst sexism and misogyny was from our good ole FBI The teachers at Quantico are a bunch of dicks including the women teachers too She actually had to write a letter of apology to a male instructor because he was distracted by the fit of her suit A suit she had bought and worn while in the CIA She had to write an apology and buy suits that were sized too big for the rest of her time in training This is just one small drop in the bucket about how shitty the FBI treats women but I ll leave the rest for you to read about I do have to say I had an issue with the information blackouts in this book This book was sent to the CIA and parts where blacked out that they felt may risk national security I get it, and it makes sense, but it seemed to be overboard at times I think they cut outthan even what the Trump administration wants to cut from John Bolton s new book While it was a word here and a sentence there, other times whole paragraphs and even pages where cut I m reading and all of a sudden I don t quite know what happened It just drove me nuts I wish in the parts that were cut, Tracey could have just changed names, places, whatever enough to keep the flow and meaning and just make it clear that these parts where faked for security reasons instead of just leaving things blank Since this is a memoir it doesn t cover Tracey s whole life There is a little as a child and college age so you can see why the CIA appealed to her, but most of the book is about working in the CIA, FBI, and where Tracey is now This book is filled with a lot of meat so to say, so it s very easy to keep turning the pages While Tracey mentions a guy she dated and her current status at the end, this is really about her fascinating career, not her personal life The work she was doing didn t leave much time for a personal life so you don t feel like you are missing anything by not having those parts I enjoyed this read and I would recommend this book to people who like stories about strong women Tracey has been through a lot in her life and her story is well worth the read An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  3. Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThe only other spy memoir I ve read was Valerie Plame s FAIR GAME, which was really good, although irritatingly, large sections of the memoir had been redacted for security purposes by the CIA The CIA is a jerk like that I figured that since Tracy Walder not only worked for the CIA but also the FBI, something similar would happen here I was not wrong Portions of THE UNEXPECTED SPY were redacted, although not as significantly Maybe b Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThe only other spy memoir I ve read was Valerie Plame s FAIR GAME, which was really good, although irritatingly, large sections of the memoir had been redacted for security purposes by the CIA The CIA is a jerk like that I figured that since Tracy Walder not only worked for the CIA but also the FBI, something similar would happen here I was not wrong Portions of THE UNEXPECTED SPY were redacted, although not as significantly Maybe because Tracy Walder was doing less sensitive work Or because she was significantly less high profile Either way.It s difficult to review memoirs because while in many cases, it s possible to divorce the author from their body of work if you try hard enough to compartmentalize, that s not really possible to do with memoirs because the memoir is essentially the person or at least, a part of the person the one they re willing to share with the public And when you don t really like the person writing the memoir, it s really difficult to like the memoir Because, again, the main character of the book is literally the person writing it.An alternate working title for this book could be Humblebrag The Musical Why The Musical Because this author wouldn t stop singing her own praises Look, I m capable of girling out as much as the next lady, but Walder was SO ANNOYING about it I didn t really need to know that she wore mascara every day while deployed or made her mom schedule hair salon appointments for her every time she came back from a mission, or how long and blonde her hair was like 90% of other sorority sisters, she s quick to tell us , and how she s so attractive and blonde, everyone notices her, including FBI scum bags who make her write a literal apology letter for wearing a fitting suit what.Look, I know girly girls get a lot of hate and women aren t allowed to build themselves up in society without being crushed down, so I tried to take a look deep inside myself and ask was I feeding however unintentionally into internalized misogyny But no, I don t think so There was a lot of back pattingthan James Comey s A HIGHER LOYALTY, which had me rolling my eyes from page one ok,like page 20 Whether it s her brag about being immune to pepper spray, or her brag about being one of the guys, or a brag about how she s never done anything illegal except for the undocumented cleaning lady whom she totally throws under the bus when she thinks the agent interviewing her is on to her super illegal actions , it s just a non stop brag fest.OH, and she is privileged as all get out The way she excuses enhanced interrogation techniques torture , praises the Dub saying she d vote for him despite being a Democrat and whines about the discrimination she received from people hating on her for being Californian and, oh yes, blonde, and let s not forget the cleaning lady she outted, while talking about the buckets of makeup she wears all the time, I was just so done with this lady and her blithe ignorance of her own over bloated sense of self worth There is an actual passage in here where she and this other lady are actually talking about whether or not they should wear eye makeup to the pepper spray test FBI agents apparently have to go through, so they know how it feels to be maced hence how she figured out her resistance.Kudos to her for taking on a position in a role that typically has a boys club vibe or did at the time , for calling out institutional sexism despite caving to it out of necessity , and for taking pride in her own accomplishments I just really hated the arrogant self satisfied manner in which this was written The spy stuff was cool but all the redacted passages do break up the narrative in a jarring way, and you just know that the CIA took out all the juicy bits Giving credit where credit is due, though, it was satisfying to see her acknowledge that the Iraq invasion was largely responsible for the formation of ISIS I m sure it s not easy being in a government agency but I m not sure it attracts likable people Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 2.5 to 3 stars

  4. Michelle Michelle says:

    4 starsI was really excited to read this book because of my huge interest in politics and history and on a fun note, Alias was one of my favorite shows in college remember Jennifer Garner totally kicking butt as a spy and reading the story of a real life, badass woman in the CIA and FBI checked all the boxes I needed to read this with gusto I am happy to say that this did not disappoint It just so happens to have come at the perfect time too I had just finished the audio of the oral histo 4 starsI was really excited to read this book because of my huge interest in politics and history and on a fun note, Alias was one of my favorite shows in college remember Jennifer Garner totally kicking butt as a spy and reading the story of a real life, badass woman in the CIA and FBI checked all the boxes I needed to read this with gusto I am happy to say that this did not disappoint It just so happens to have come at the perfect time too I had just finished the audio of the oral history of 9 11 so all the feelings and emotions from that event which deeply impacted Ms Walder s life in the CIA was a seamless transition into this story.I thought this book was an appropriate length and the pacing was spot on I greatly admire Ms Walder s wish to tell her story with the knowledge that a she is writing about two very notorious organizations b inevitably there would be a lot of redactions even though I m sure she spent an enormous amount of time trying to write with enough vagueness so as to honor her pledge and duty to withhold classified information and c putting herself out there for all us regular citizens during what is one of the most controversial times in our recent history It takes guts to write something like this and the respect for our country and the CIA FBI as organizations comes through, despite her very reasonable criticisms of events she experienced in both I think she walked the line of praise and criticism very well, but my one small critique is that at times this distracted from the story I think she went almost a little too overboard trying to justify her feelings through certain situations, but in the next breath, I completely understand her wish to be balanced and objective I believe one of the stigmas women face in a male dominated field is to justify our beliefs or always have an explanation for what we say wear look like, etc Personally, I suffer from this myself I turtle my opinions on things because I don t want to seem dismissive condescending professorial because I somehow have it ingrained at the newly minted age of 38 that I shouldn t speak with confidence because it could be misconstrued as me being a know it all It s so fun being a girl Right So here I am critiquing someone for doing the same thing I do, which is maddening to me So I apologize if that is confusing to follow I m keeping it in the review because I think its important to illustrate how frustrating it is to be a girl I thought the end is extremely poignant as Ms Walder has a daughter and so do I You definitely see the world through a different lens with a child and I really appreciate how even though she isn t a part of the CIA FBI any, she created a very meaningful niche for herself at an all girls college in Dallas, TX It sounds like her class is amazing and inspirational and I wish it were something I could have taken when I was in college I really am so glad that I was able to read this book I only wish I had been younger so that I could have walked up to the CIA table at my college career fair It would have been nice to know that there was a career path for me with all the nerdy stuff I love to consume.Thank you to St Martin s Press, Sara Beth Haring the author, Tracy Walder for the gifted copy and an opportunity to provide honest feedback.Review Date 03 09 2020Publication Date 02 25 2020

  5. Valerity (Val) Valerity (Val) says:

    I stayed up late the first night reading this, until I just couldn t hold my eyes open any longer I might have read it right through if I hadn t been so tired from just inhaling another book before this one A really good read about a young lady spy for the CIA who goes after bad guy terrorists after 9 11 She later changes jobs to work for the FBI I found it a good book and hope it might give some young women different goals for the future about making a difference I found this to be another I stayed up late the first night reading this, until I just couldn t hold my eyes open any longer I might have read it right through if I hadn t been so tired from just inhaling another book before this one A really good read about a young lady spy for the CIA who goes after bad guy terrorists after 9 11 She later changes jobs to work for the FBI I found it a good book and hope it might give some young women different goals for the future about making a difference I found this to be another book I got right through, as I enjoyed it so much and recommend if you like this type of subject Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, authors Tracy Walder Jessica Anya Blau, and the publisher.First published on my WordPress blog viewable here

  6. Monica Monica says:

    This was a really interesting book I found the differences between the CIA and FBI from a female perspective chilling I d like to know if there are other female agents who also feel such a level of misogyny in the FBI And perhaps hopefully a lot has changed in the last 20 years.Except for the distraction of having entire paragraphs redacted, I found the story engaging Walder did a great job characterizing her fellow teammates that gave a level of humanity to the horrors they faced while This was a really interesting book I found the differences between the CIA and FBI from a female perspective chilling I d like to know if there are other female agents who also feel such a level of misogyny in the FBI And perhaps hopefully a lot has changed in the last 20 years.Except for the distraction of having entire paragraphs redacted, I found the story engaging Walder did a great job characterizing her fellow teammates that gave a level of humanity to the horrors they faced while searching for the terrorists I thought her ways of coping with the stress of her job to be quite relevant today, as many are facing during this global pandemic Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  7. Ankit Garg Ankit Garg says:

    This book is the true story of how a sorority girl worked hard to join the CIA and the FBI and helped foil terrorist activities across the globe It is a story of inspiration, of silent heroes and their dedication in whatever they choose to do The spy memoir also lingers around the topic of prevalent misogyny in the said agencies, and conveys how our protagonist gracefully dealt with it all.Across the length of the prose, several parts have been erased out in order to maintain confidentiality a This book is the true story of how a sorority girl worked hard to join the CIA and the FBI and helped foil terrorist activities across the globe It is a story of inspiration, of silent heroes and their dedication in whatever they choose to do The spy memoir also lingers around the topic of prevalent misogyny in the said agencies, and conveys how our protagonist gracefully dealt with it all.Across the length of the prose, several parts have been erased out in order to maintain confidentiality as seen fit by the publishers and or the government agencies While I understand the need to this, I do not understand why haven t they just been removed and the connecting text re written to maintain a continuous story flow The breaks are distracting, to say the least.Thanks to the author and the publisher for the e ARC.One time read

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    This was fun actually, even though the protagonist came across as a teensy bit too naive Q And every time I was stateside, I made sure to get highlights in my hair or touch up my roots No matter how far away I went in the world, I needed to hold on to the sorority girl in me I needed to believe that she, I, could survive all this c Q Sanity required a little reckless joy, some make believe, and the whimsy of those ridiculous pink flamingos staked into the crumbling ground like big, plastic b This was fun actually, even though the protagonist came across as a teensy bit too naive Q And every time I was stateside, I made sure to get highlights in my hair or touch up my roots No matter how far away I went in the world, I needed to hold on to the sorority girl in me I needed to believe that she, I, could survive all this c Q Sanity required a little reckless joy, some make believe, and the whimsy of those ridiculous pink flamingos staked into the crumbling ground like big, plastic bouquets c Q when your life depends on the intelligence and efficiency of the people around you, respect takes on a whole new meaning c Q I can t think of anything There was the fake ID I had given to my mother on the plane, but that didn t seem worth mentioning This was, after all, an organization that operated under fake IDs c Q My maternal grandfather, Jack Davis, was my biggest champion, supporting me and cheering me on in all I did with great enthusiasm I ve come to realize that everyone needs at least one person like this in their life We need an audience of some sort, an admirer who fully, openly, and unabashedly adores us and is always happy for us For me, it was my grandpa No one wasproud of the various certificates and medals I was awarded in school, and eventually in the CIA, than he Often it seemed like the only point in getting a certificate or award was so that I could take it home and show my grandpa c

  9. Bam cooks the books ;-) Bam cooks the books ;-) says:

    Tracy Schandler Walder writes about her fascinating careers in her memoir first as a CIA operative right out of college then as an FBI special agent working to stop hate crimes in the LA area and currently as a history teacher in an all girls school where she tries to empower young women.The CIA section is a little frustrating to read because portions were redacted by the government as containing too sensitive information This really disrupts the flow of the story and one wishes Tracy had fo Tracy Schandler Walder writes about her fascinating careers in her memoir first as a CIA operative right out of college then as an FBI special agent working to stop hate crimes in the LA area and currently as a history teacher in an all girls school where she tries to empower young women.The CIA section is a little frustrating to read because portions were redacted by the government as containing too sensitive information This really disrupts the flow of the story and one wishes Tracy had found a way to write about the details of the situation that would have beenacceptable to the CIA But Tracy worked with the CIA around the time of 9 11 and much of her work was in trying to find weapons of mass destruction for the Bush administration as well as spotting signs of planned terrorist attacks When her group misses a major one in Europe, Tracy thinks it s time to move on to the FBI and work to stop domestic terrorism.A thread throughout this memoir is how women are treated in these positions Things got pretty nasty in the FBI training school and, on the job afterwards, Tracy felt the she was being underutilized because of her gender Her dream became to work with young women to help them find ways to empower themselves and use their full potential Interesting stuff It s almost hard to believe that the young introspective sorority girl that Tracy describes became this remarkably strong woman but her story is very inspiring sopower to her I received an arc of this new memoir from publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review Many thanks for an interesting read

  10. L.A. Starks L.A. Starks says:

    Fantastic book for everyone who likes thrillers, mystery, suspense, and current events.Walder about whom I knew only as a parent of a Hockaday alum explains her background, her work for the CIA in terrorist takedowns including regrets over the bad guys she didn t get, and the fiasco that was no real surprise given evidence fromrecent events at the Bureau the relentlessly sexist attitude of the FBI towards her CIA background, e.g you didn t really do that She finishes with an insight Fantastic book for everyone who likes thrillers, mystery, suspense, and current events.Walder about whom I knew only as a parent of a Hockaday alum explains her background, her work for the CIA in terrorist takedowns including regrets over the bad guys she didn t get, and the fiasco that was no real surprise given evidence fromrecent events at the Bureau the relentlessly sexist attitude of the FBI towards her CIA background, e.g you didn t really do that She finishes with an insightful, true, upbeat chapter about her Hockaday students and about her life after the CIA.Highly recommended

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