Damascus Station


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$27.95  $25.99
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.3 X 9.21 X 1.57 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

David McCloskey is a former CIA analyst and former consultant at McKinsey & Company. While at the CIA, he worked in field stations across the Middle East and briefed senior White House officials and Arab royalty. He lives in Texas.


A sweeping spy thriller packed with tension, twists, and true-to-life detail. There's no doubt that McCloskey is a CIA veteran.--Karen Cleveland, New York Times best-selling author of Need to Know
Damascus Station is simply intoxicating. A vortex of love, loyalty, murder and damn good espionage.--Don Hepburn, former CIA Chief of Station
A truly sensational read! In fact, Damascus Station is the best spy novel I have ever read. David McCloskey experienced Syria firsthand as a CIA analyst, and he delivers a thrilling, graphic, gripping, and realistic--albeit fictional--portrayal of the CIA and the bloody, tragic Syrian uprising. I lived this extraordinarily frustrating episode in Agency history, and I could not put this book down.--General David Petraeus, US Army (Ret.), former director of the CIA, and former commander of the Surge in Iraq, US Central Command, and International and US Forces in Afghanistan
The most realistic and authentic depiction of modern-day tradecraft in non-permissive and hostile environments you will find in print. I am shocked the CIA's Publication Review Board allowed David McCloskey's Damascus Station to see the light of day. Read it now, before it is banned!--Jack Carr, Navy SEAL sniper and New York Times bestselling author of The Devil's Hand
From an exfiltration gone awry to a stunning endgame, Damascus Station takes the reader on a breathtaking journey in war-torn Syria. McCloskey delivers a thrilling page-turner that is marked by his exceptional understanding of the country and matched by his sophistication in the ways of CIA tradecraft.--Dan Hoffman, former Chief of CIA Middle East Operations and three-time Chief of Station
The nightmare of the Syrian civil war is vividly portrayed by David McCloskey in Damascus Station. He captures the places and people--and most of all, the sickening feeling in the gut--of this war that shattered poor Syria while America mostly watched. As a former CIA officer, McCloskey gets the details right--not just the little ones about mistimed clocks on the wall at Headquarters but the big ones about trying to keep faith with people in a faithless business. This isn't just a realistic spy novel, it's real life.--David Ignatius, columnist, Washington Post and author of The Paladin
Damascus Station tells the tragic story of Syria's descent into chaos and the price paid by its people during the Assad regime's brutal crackdown. The power of this book is that it tells this devastating story through the eyes of those who suffered and survived because of love, the human relationship, and the power of what makes life worth living.--Leon E. Panetta, former Director of the CIA and former Secretary of Defense