Risk Taker, Spy Maker

Tales of a CIA Case Officer

Barry Broman

The vivid and engaging memoir of a CIA case officer.
Publication date:
August 2020
Publisher :
Casemate Publishers
Illustration :
50 color and black-and-white photographs
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ISBN : 9781612008967

Dimensions : 228 X 152 mm
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• Broman recalls his adventures with the Associated Press, in the Marine Corps, and through a quarter century in the CIA with panache and verve
• Most of his career was spent in Asia, and his text includes vivid descriptions of places that few Westerners will ever see
• His memoir is accompanied by a selection of his photography

Barry Broman has led a remarkable life, and met some remarkable people along the way of his years at a Central Intelligence Agency case officer. Broman was a teenage photographer for the Associated Press in Southeast Asia, then a Marine Corps infantry officer in combat in Vietnam before spending a quarter century as a "head-hunter” with dozens of recruits for the Clandestine Service in operations around the world. Mr. Broman received a BA in Political Science in 1967 followed by an MA in Southeast Asian Studies a year later. Immediately following his service in the Marine Corps, he was recruited by the CIA and spent his first posting in Cambodia at war. He was present at the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975, escaping just before the Khmer Rouge took power. He subsequently served in other Asian postings, one in Europe, and one in the Western Hemisphere. During his career, Mr. Broman was twice a CIA chief of station, once a Deputy Chief of Station, and supervised an international para-military project in support of the Cambodian resistance to Vietnamese invaders. He was actively involved in several assignments in counter-narcotics operations in Southeast Asia including a major "bust” that yielded 551 kilograms of high-grade heroin from a major drug trafficker. His "favorite agent” against a variety of "hard targets” was a fellow whose only demand was that his assignments be "life threatening.” He survived them all. At times, the memoir reads like a travel book with tales of visits to little-known and rarely seen places like the Naga Hills on the India-Burma border, the world-famous but off limits jade and ruby mines of Burma, and the isolated Banda Islands of Indonesia, the home of nutmeg. The book is strengthened by many photos by the author. They include Marines in action in Vietnam, the ravages of war in Cambodia at war, and opium buyers forcing growers to sell in Burma.


...a fascinating account of the author's adventurous career as a Marine Corps officer in Vietnam and later as a CIA case officer in war-torn Cambodia…
Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International

This is a marvellous memoir, at once insightful and entertaining-and poignant. […] A fascinating life, wonderfully told.
William Shawcross, Author