The Targeter by Nada Bakos

The Targeter

The story of a young woman from Montana who joined the CIA and worked her way up through the ranks to the frontline of the fight against Islamic extremists.In 1999, 30-year-old Nada Bakos moved from her lifelong home in Montana to Washington, DC, to join the CIA. Quickly realizing her affinity for intelligence work, Nada was determined to rise through the ranks of the agency first as an analyst and then as a Targeting Officer, eventually finding ...

Details The Targeter

TitleThe Targeter
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, History, Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, War, Military Fiction

Reviews The Targeter

  • Caitlin
    A true story with the propulsion of a thriller and fascinating details of life in the CIAThe true story of a rural Montana girl who took an unlikely path to the center of the U.S. war on terror. The title refers to Bakos's role chasing down one of the most dangerous extremist leaders the U.S. faced in Iraq, leader of the group known at one time as Al Qaeda in Iraq and which would later become ISIS, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi. The story has the pace and...
  • Glen
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing.A former CIA agent writes about her life in The Company. It's a lot different than in the espionage novels. Nobody seems to know what they're doing, and there's an awful lot of politicians and bureaucrats involved. She and the agency try to find out about terrorists, and keep themselves out of legal jeopardy.Informative.
  • Steve Stred
    I’m a big fan of alternative history or exploring ‘other’ options of how things might have played out. This will sound like I’m a big proponent of conspiracy theories, but I know we, as the public, are not always privileged to know all of the details of what happens. We are told only what we need to know or what a government agency deems necessary for the public to know. Hence – all of the redacted parts when a Freedom of Information Ac...
  • Rb Andry
    The Targeter is a fascinating, entertaining first person behind the scenes account of a CIA’s analysts attempts to counter the White House’s misguided motivations to invade Iraq and her subsequent role hunting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the forefather of ISIS.The Targeter seems especially relevant today given the Iran related saber-rattling currently emanating from Bolton / Trump Admin.Bakos’ role at the CIA places her in a unique position to wi...
  • Matt
    I can't recommend this enough. Nada tells a personal story of service and sacrifice and fighting for facts while standing up against political agendas. Importantly, she shows the human story of those that are serving in our Intelligence Community who are our neighbors and our friends...patriots who give their all for the service of others and, all too often, at great sacrifice to themselves and their families vs some “deep state” portrayed so...
  • Ayushman
    The Targeter offers an interesting perspective into the organisational culture of the CIA. Nada Bakos' description of feeling powerless despite working in the Agency was notable. The book attempts to provide serious introspection into the activities of the Agency in the build-up to and in the immediate aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. It could've been a valuable contribution to the literature on intelligence theory and the politicisation of int...
  • Patty
    I learned A LOT about what went on in the search for WMD in Iraq, how the Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq, the relationship between Bin Laden and Zarqawi, how ISIS/ISIL formed. Later, perhaps, but better late than never. ALSO it's written by a WOMAN that was a targeter (the job title says it all) for the CIA. She was in HR and ended up a targeter in the CIA. You go, girl! An easy to read study of how we got into Iraq and made a...
  • Jeffrey Edwards
    A good review of her work within the CIA, both domestically, and in the field in Iraq. Just enough insight into her background, work and views on The Agency and The Bush Administration to give the reader a good overall view of the workings of a so-called "Targeter." A very readable/listenable account.
  • Chester Marx
    Interesting first hand account of CIA work. Most of the political drama I had read about, but it's good to be reminded of skulduggery that goes on. Good read & timely in view of the mess in the Middle east.