This morning I finished Why Spy ?: Espionage in an Age of Uncertainty by former CIA Inspector General and current University of Virginia Law
School professor Frederick P. Hintz. I found this short book to be a
readable, even handed and concise history of the CIA and how it must
re-invent itself in order to
address the pressing needs of our changing world. Hintz spends no small amount of time discussing what motivates an individual to turn traitor and spy against his/her own country. Some do it for political reasons, some for money and some like CIA turncoat Robert Hanssen out of revenge for being passed over for promotion, (this was the inspiration for the recent film Breach).
In the end, this wasn't a half-bad
entry-level book on the world of spying.