The Wolf and the Watchman: A Father, a Son, and the CIA

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.38 X 9.5 X 1.04 inches | 1.33 pounds

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About the Author

Scott C. Johnson is an award-winning investigative journalist and foreign correspondent, and the author of The Wolf and the Watchman, which was a Washington Post Notable Book. He was a foreign correspondent and war reporter for Newsweek Magazine and served as the magazine's Bureau Chief in Baghdad, Mexico City, and Cape Town. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

A mesmerizing book . . . beautifully written, deeply moving, and compulsively readable.--David Finkel, author of The Good Soldiers
Brave 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 Liar
An aching, lyrical father-son story of the spy world that is dark and intriguing.--Evan Thomas, author of The War Lover
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 Evil
Scott Johnson has written a 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 Guevara
This 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 Chronicle"
Evokes John le Carré's dark autobiographical thriller The Perfect Spy.-- "Washington Post"
An enthralling look at a complicated father-son relationship and a painful investigation of the messiness of truth in journalism, intelligence ops, and life.-- "Booklist"
Johnson's engrossing memoir, through the layers of subterfuge, uncovers many basic truths of familial conflict.-- "Publishers Weekly"
Gripping, emotional depictions of the conflicts that rage in the interior and exterior worlds of a spy--and of a journalist.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
Though there's plenty of covert action and espionage in this fabulous book, the real heft of it is in Johnson's moving account of his relationship with his father and how the secrets of the CIA affected that relationship.-- "School Library Journal"
With 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"