Penguin Books, 1975. Cover photography by Denis Rolfe “shows a typewriter and case planted on the author, presumably by the CIA.” The title typeface is ITC Machine Bold.
From the back cover:
The CIA is the most powerful secret police force in the world. Its hand has been seen in many incidents, sometimes with reason, sometimes more dubiously: the Bay of Pigs, the Greek coup, the death of Che Guevara, the fall of Allende and countless other incidents have been seen as evidence of the CIA’s work.
Agee worked for the CIA for 12 years, in 3 different countries. He began by accepting the ‘Company’s’ views and aims, but as time went by he came to see it as a bureaucracy designed not to help those in whose country it works, but simply as an arm of American interests.
[In writing this diary] he describes the structure of the CIA, how it recruits, reveals a large number of international organizations founded by the CIA, names many agents and describes, with deadly accuracy, exactly what this vast, sleazy organization does. The picture that emerges is not glamourous, but it is convincing.