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Operation Pseudo Miranda : a veteran of the CIA drug wars tells all
Bucchi, Kenneth C.
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Granite Bay, Calif. : Penmarin Books, [2000]

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304 pages ; 24 cm
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Former CIA operative Bucchi describes his experiences fighting the drug war in the 1980s in Colombia. The focus is on Operation Pseudo Miranda under which the CIA made a deal with Pablo Escobar, Fabio Ochoa, Manuel Noriega, and other high-level cocaine traffickers. Bucchi alleges that the CIA help

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Booklist Review

From this former CIA operative comes an exciting, fast-paced, and unsettling account of a top-secret operation that was designed to put the American government in effective control of some of South America's biggest drug cartels. Bucchi describes the origins of this hush-hush plan and the man who saw an opportunity to divert huge sums of money for his own purposes. Readers of political exposes such as Victor Marchetti and John Marks' classic The CIA and the Cult of Intelligence (1989) will be thoroughly captivated by this insider's account of an operation that put hundreds of lives, not to mention the very survival of the U.S. government, at risk. The book is, in places, drastically overwritten (Bucchi often sounds like he's writing a tough-guy thriller, not a work of nonfiction), but its wealth of detail more than makes up for the purple prose. This is a story worth telling, and the author, who was in on the operation from the very beginning, is certainly the man to tell it. --David Pitt

Library Journal Review

Ever wonder how the CIA enlists people to work for it? Bucchi (Inside Job: Deep Undercover as a Corporate Spy) was recruited while attending Murray State University, KY, in 1984, and here he recounts the rigorous training he and many others had to endure. Afterward, Bucchi lived in a secret world in which no one outside the agency knew his real profession. In the 1980s, the CIA participated in the war on drugs, and Bucchi was a tactical commander in Operation Pseudo Miranda, in which the CIA made deals with infamous drug lords Pablo Escobar, Fabio Ochoa, and Manuel Noriega. Unfortunately, this operation did not go according to plan, and disaster followed, with several members of his team killed, including a woman for whom he had strong feelings. The book is written like an action-type novel with a great deal of reconstructed dialog, and therein lies the problem. Since the conversations, including secret meetings with CIA director William Casey, are based on Bucchi's memory, there is no way of knowing their accuracy or estimating how much has been embellished. The story might have been better served had it been written as an espionage novel based on true experience. An optional purchase. Michael Sawyer, Northwestern Regional Lib., Elkin, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.