Risk Taker, Spy Maker

Tales of a CIA Case Officer

Barry Michael Broman

The vivid and engaging memoir of a CIA case officer.
Date Published :
July 2020
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Illustration :
50 color and black-and-white photographs
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ISBN : 9781612008967
Pages : 312
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Barry Broman has led a remarkable life as a Central Intelligence Agency case officer. Immediately following service in the Marine Corps, he was recruited by the CIA and spent his first posting in Cambodia at war. He was present at the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975, escaping just before the Khmer Rouge took power and he subsequently served in other Asian postings, as well as one in Europe and one in the Western Hemisphere.

During his career Broman was twice a CIA chief of station, once a Deputy Chief of Station, and supervised an international paramilitary project in support of the Cambodian resistance to Vietnamese invaders. He was actively involved in several assignments in counter-narcotics operations in Southeast Asia including a major “bust” that yielded 551 kilograms of high-grade heroin from a major drug trafficker. His “favorite agent” against a variety of “hard targets” was a fellow whose only demand was that his assignments be “life threatening.” He survived them all.

At times, this memoir reads like a travel book with tales of visits to little-known and rarely seen places like the Naga Hills on the India-Burma border; the world-famous, but off limits, jade and ruby mines of Burma; and the isolated Banda Islands of Indonesia, the home of nutmeg. The book features many photos by the author, including Marines in action in Vietnam, the ravages of war in Cambodia at war, and opium buyers forcing growers to sell in Burma.

About The Author

Barry Broman was a teenage photographer for the Associated Press in Southeast Asia, then a Marine Corps infantry officer in combat in Vietnam before spending a quarter century as a “head-hunter” with dozens of recruits for the Clandestine Service in operations around the world. Mr. Broman received a BA in Political Science in 1967 followed by an MA in Southeast Asian Studies a year later. A lifelong photographer and traveler he has published many articles and books.


I. Early Years
II. Photographer
III. Marine
IV. Spy
V. Latter Years

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