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"American Spy"
August 2019
Prometheus Books


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American Spy

Wry Reflections On My Life In the CIA
H. K. Roy

In a memoir written as a series of narrative vignettes, a former CIA operations officer recounts his years of danger, intrigue and adventure. This candid and darkly witty memoir recounts an exhilarating life — and a few close brushes with death. With remarkable sangfroid and a humorist’s eye for absurdity, H. K. Roy describes his many strange and risky exploits in his long career with the CIA.


H. K. Roy was a staff CIA operations officer for 13 years, serving in Latin America and the former Yugoslavia. Since resigning from CIA, he has continued to support the global national security mission in Iraq, the Balkans and elsewhere. He holds a BS in business administration from Arizona State University and a JD from George Washington University.

Praise for this book

"Move over, James Bond and George Smiley—this is the real deal, written by a patriotic American who deserves our gratitude for his service."

Jack Philip Barsky
Author of "Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America"

“American Spy is a rollicking spy’s eye view of the conflicts that shaped the modern world, from Bosnia to Basra. H. K. Roy shows readers what it is like to be trained as a CIA officer and to be deployed the front lines.”

Steve Usdin
Author of "Bureau of Spies: The Secret Connections Between Journalism and Espionage in Washington"