In 1975, fresh out of law school and working at the Treasury Department, John Rizzo took "a total shot in the dark" and sent his résumé to the Central Intelligence Agency. He had no notion that more than thirty years later, after serving under eleven CIA directors and seven presidents, he would become a notorious public figure--a symbol and a victim of the toxic winds of post-9/11 Washington. From serving as the point person answering for the Iran-contra scandal to approving the rules that govern waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques," Rizzo witnessed and participated in virtually all of the significant operations of the CIA's modern history. Here, he charts the CIA's evolution from shadowy entity to an organization exposed to new laws, rules, and a seemingly never-ending string of public controversies. Rizzo offers a direct window into the CIA in the years after 9/11, when he served as the agency's top lawyer, with oversight of actions that remain the subject of intense debate. He is the first CIA official to ever describe what "black sites" look like from the inside and he provides the most comprehensive account ever written of the birth, growth, and death of the enhanced interrogation program. This authoritative insider account is a groundbreaking, timely, and remarkably candid history of American intelligence.--From publisher description.