* Work Like a Spy by J.C. Carleson


I thought that Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer could be either (1) a run-of-the-mill management book, a la Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun (quite funny if one does not take it seriously) or (2) a thrilling description of undercover work — and I was wrong on both counts, and not happily either.

The book manages to offer both obvious gems such as “be careful with your laptop when you travel” (duh) and ” cultivate a deep network (double-duh), along with a very chilling description of continuous deception, lying, and cheating — all to the good of the country, I suppose, but rather unsettling, especially if adopted as routine behaviors…

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