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The Life of a Spy: An Education in Truth, Lies and Power

Awards for The Life of a Spy

  • An Australian Country Style Best Book of 2021

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About the author

Rod Barton

Rod Barton is a former Australian intelligence officer. Since the first Gulf War, his unique expertise has been sought by the CIA, the Australian government and the United Nations. His first book was The Weapons Detective: The Inside Story of Australia’s …

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Praise for The Life of a Spy

‘No Australian intelligence officer in recent times has been closer to the centre of world affairs than Barton, or better placed to observe the intense political pressures applied, from all sides, on those searching for Saddam Hussein’s elusive weapons of mass destruction.’ —Robert Manne

‘Very readable and truly informing ... a thoroughly Australian reflection of one individual’s involvement in the global great game of espionage, from the bureaucratic mazes of North America and Europe to the militia-infested alleyways of Mogadishu and the unforgiving wastes of the Middle East.’ —The Australian

‘Rod Barton was a prophet, unsung. This book is his testament.’ —Australian Book Review

‘It has all the elements of an adventure story, except that it is one man’s actual, lived experience ... Highly recommended.’  —Australian Defence Magazine

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