The Wolf And The Watchman: A Father A Son And The Cia by Scott C JohnsonThe Wolf And The Watchman: A Father A Son And The Cia by Scott C Johnson

The Wolf And The Watchman: A Father A Son And The Cia

byScott C Johnson

Paperback | May 13, 2014

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Growing up, Scott C. Johnson always suspected that his father was different. Only as a teenager did he discover the truth: his father was a spy, one of the CIA’s most trusted officers. At first the secret was thrilling. But over time Scott began to have doubts. How could a man so rigorously trained to deceive and manipulate simply turn off those skills at home? His father had been living a double life for so long that his lies were hard to separate from the truth.

When Scott embarked on a career as a foreign correspondent, he found himself returning to many of the troubled countries of his youth. In the dusty streets of Pakistan and Afghanistan, amid the cold urbanity of Yugoslavia, and down the mysterious alleys of Mexico City, he came face to face with his father’s murky past—and his own complicity in it. Scott learned that his chosen profession was not so different from his father’s: they both worked to gain people’s trust and to uncover their secrets. The only difference was what they did with that information.

In the aftermath of 9/11, father and son found themselves on assignment in Afghanistan and the Middle East, one as a CIA contractor, the other as a reporter for Newsweek. Suddenly, an unsettled Scott was forced to keep his father’s secret all over again. As their professional lives collided, Scott and his father inched toward a personal reckoning, struggling to overcome a lifetime of suspicion and deception.

The Wolf and the Watchman is a provocative, meditative account of truth and duplicity, of manipulation and loyalty. It is also a moving, intensely personal portrait of a bond between father and son that endured in the shadow of one of the world’s most secretive and unforgiving institutions.

* PEN Center USA Award Finalist

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Scott C. Johnson was a Newsweek foreign correspondent for twelve years, often providing exclusive war reporting from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other fronts in the Middle East. He also served as Newsweek’s bureau chief in Mexico, Baghdad, and Africa; was part of the team that won the 2003 National Magazine Award for reportage of the Iraq W...
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Title:The Wolf And The Watchman: A Father A Son And The CiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:May 13, 2014Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393349438

ISBN - 13:9780393349436

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A beautifully written memoir, and a cautionary tale about double lives. . . . I couldn’t put this book down. — Robert Baer, former CIA case officer and author of See No EvilA fine book of unusual honesty; he grapples with the nature of his beloved father’s secret life and the profound consequences it has had in his own. This is an extraordinary story, astonishingly well-told. — Jon Lee Anderson, author of Che GuevaraA mesmerizing book . . . beautifully written, deeply moving, and compulsively readable. — David Finkel, author of The Good SoldiersBrave and memorable . . . a rare glimpse into the private life of a spy that digs into the love, lies, and ambiguities between father and son. — Megan Stack, author of Every Man in This Village Is a LiarAn aching, lyrical father-son story of the spy world that is dark and intriguing. — Evan Thomas, author of The War LoverThis stunning memoir could be ripped from the pages of a John le Carré novel. . . . A fascinating and important book by one of the great American foreign correspondents of his generation. — Michael Hastings, author of The Operators[A] searingly honest memoir… [Johnson] deftly explores the eerie parallels between these professional worlds: the CIA case officer who labors to recruit sources to provide secret information to assist the United States in its pursuit of foreign policy objectives worldwide, and the journalist who also recruits inside sources, but ones who will speak for publication. — San Francisco ChronicleEvokes John le Carré’s dark autobiographical thriller The Perfect Spy. — Washington Post, A Notable Book of the YearWith rare emotional subtlety, and in finely etched prose worthy of Evelyn Waugh or Graham Greene, [Johnson] captures the perspectives of people on various sides of [a] bloody equation. — Emma Garman (The Daily Beast)