Pot Shards: Fragments of a Life Lived in CIA, the White House, and the Two Koreas

51TiN2RPLlL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The long awaited book written by “Uncle Don”. Of course the book is completely screened by the agency, but still a good read.

Donald P. Gregg

From the publisher:

Pot Shards is a memoir, based on the author’s memorable experiences. Donald P. Gregg spent thirty-one years as an operations officer in CIA and ten years in the White House under presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. W. Bush. Pot Shards is his memoir. It tells of a philosophy major who graduated from college in 1951 and immediately joined CIA when told, “You’ll jump out of airplanes and save the world!” With raucous humor, he describes his parachute training and arctic survival course in Idaho. His book is a window into the Cold War-era CIA, both its failings (twenty years in a Chinese jail for a close friend) and unheralded successes, including Gregg’s role in saving the life of Kim Dae-jung, a Korean political dissident who later, as president, won the Nobel Peace Prize. Gregg colorfully describes his tours in Japan, Burma, Vietnam, and South Korea.