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The /r/books Best Books of the Decade - Results

2020.07.02 21:33 leowr The /r/books Best Books of the Decade - Results

Hello everyone,
First off we would like to thank everyone who participated, by either nominating and/or voting, in our Best of the Decade Vote. Below you will find the top 3 voted on books in every category. I would, however, recommend you also check out the nomination threads as quite a few great books are mentioned in there.
Best Science Fiction of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin - nominated by Speaker4theRest
Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.
2nd place: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin - nominated by sSlipperyPickle
This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
3rd place: The Martian by Andy Weir - nominated by Aglance
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Best Debut of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - nominated by okiegirl22
Two half-sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle's dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast's booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia's descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.
2nd place: The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - nominated by baddspellar
Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. By all rights their paths should never cross, but Achilles takes the shamed prince as his friend, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine their bond blossoms into something deeper - despite the displeasure of Achilles' mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess. But then word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus journeys with Achilles to Troy, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
Profoundly moving and breathtakingly original, this rendering of the epic Trojan War is a dazzling feat of the imagination, a devastating love story, and an almighty battle between gods and kings, peace and glory, immortal fame and the human heart.
3rd place: The Martian by Andy Weir - nominated by TheItalianDream
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills — and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit — he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
Best Literary and General Fiction of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Circe by Madeline Miller - nominated by honeyiamsorry
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.
2nd place: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante - nominated by SinoJesuitConspiracy
My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.
3rd place: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara - nominated by Scurvy_Dogwood
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
Best Mystery or Thriller of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Gone Girl by Gillain Flynn - nominated by johnnywash1
Marriage can be a real killer.On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
2nd place: 11/22/63 by Stephen King - nominated by thatgirl21
Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.Not much later, Jake’s friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane—and insanely possible—mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
3rd place: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton - nominated by mercutio_died
At a gala party thrown by her parents, Evelyn Hardcastle will be killed--again. She's been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. Doomed to repeat the same day over and over, Aiden's only escape is to solve Evelyn Hardcastle's murder and conquer the shadows of an enemy he struggles to even comprehend--but nothing and no one are quite what they seem.
Best Short Story Collection of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Tenth of December by George Saunders - nominated by rjbman
In the taut opening, "Victory Lap," a boy witnesses the attempted abduction of the girl next door and is faced with a harrowing choice: Does he ignore what he sees, or override years of smothering advice from his parents and act? In "Home," a combat-damaged soldier moves back in with his mother and struggles to reconcile the world he left with the one to which he has returned. And in the title story, a stunning meditation on imagination, memory, and loss, a middle-aged cancer patient walks into the woods to commit suicide, only to encounter a troubled young boy who, over the course of a fateful morning, gives the dying man a final chance to recall who he really is. A hapless, deluded owner of an antique store; two mothers struggling to do the right thing; a teenage girl whose idealism is challenged by a brutal brush with reality; a man tormented by a series of pharmaceutical experiments that force him to lust, to love, to kill—the unforgettable characters that populate the pages of Tenth of December are vividly and lovingly infused with Saunders' signature blend of exuberant prose, deep humanity, and stylistic innovation.
2nd place: Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang - nominated by amyousness
This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances. In the epistolary "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications not just for his own people, but for all of reality. And in "The Lifecycle of Software Objects," a woman cares for an artificial intelligence over twenty years, elevating a faddish digital pet into what might be a true living being. Also included are two brand-new stories: "Omphalos" and "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom."
In this fantastical and elegant collection, Ted Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth—What is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human?—and ones that no one else has even imagined. And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.
3rd place: Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh - nominated by ApollosCrow
There's something eerily unsettling about Ottessa Moshfegh's stories, something almost dangerous, while also being delightful, and even laugh-out-loud funny. Her characters are all unsteady on their feet in one way or another; they all yearn for connection and betterment, though each in very different ways, but they are often tripped up by their own baser impulses and existential insecurities. Homesick for Another World is a master class in the varieties of self-deception across the gamut of individuals representing the human condition. But part of the unique quality of her voice, the echt Moshfeghian experience, is the way the grotesque and the outrageous are infused with tenderness and compassion. Moshfegh is our Flannery O'Connor, and Homesick for Another World is her Everything That Rises Must Converge or A Good Man is Hard to Find. The flesh is weak; the timber is crooked; people are cruel to each other, and stupid, and hurtful. But beauty comes from strange sources, and the dark energy surging through these stories is powerfully invigorating. We're in the hands of an author with a big mind, a big heart, blazing chops, and a political acuity that is needle-sharp. The needle hits the vein before we even feel the prick.
Best Horror of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer - nominated by Bennings463
Area X has been cut off from the rest of the world for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide, the third in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer's Southern Reach Trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.
The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.
2nd place: The Fisherman by John Langan - nominated by ifthisisausername
In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It's a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.
3rd place: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix - nominated by leowr
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act….different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes there’s only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
Best Graphic Novel of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - nominated by improveyourfuture
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
2nd place: Daytripper by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon - nominated by RanAWholeMile
What are the most important days of your life?
Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people's obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself—writing the end of other people's stories, while his own has barely begun.
But on the day that life begins, would he even notice? Does it start at 21 when he meets the girl of his dreams? Or at 11, when he has his first kiss? Is it later in his life when his first son is born? Or earlier when he might have found his voice as a writer?
Each day in Brás's life is like a page from a book. Each one reveals the people and things who have made him who he is: his mother and father, his child and his best friend, his first love and the love of his life. And like all great stories, each day has a twist he'll never see coming...
3rd place: My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris - nominated by zedshouse
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge.
Best Fantasy of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Brandon Sanderson - nominated by holden147, AHerosJourneyPod & spaldingmatters
Brandon Sanderson is a well-liked and prolific author. This past decade he has published over a dozen books, novellas, short stories and graphic novels. The books that were nominated for this vote in particular were The Way of Kings, Oathbringer, Words of Radiance & A Memory of Light with Robert Jordan.
2nd place: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin - nominated by cheesechimp
This is the way the world ends. Again.
Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze -- the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years -- collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.
Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She'll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.
3rd place: Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft - nominated by ullsi
The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel in the world. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of geniuses and tyrants, of airships and steam engines, of unusual animals and mysterious machines.
Soon after arriving for his honeymoon at the Tower, the mild-mannered headmaster of a small village school, Thomas Senlin, gets separated from his wife, Marya, in the overwhelming swarm of tourists, residents, and miscreants.
Senlin is determined to find Marya, but to do so he'll have to navigate madhouses, ballrooms, and burlesque theaters. He must survive betrayal, assassins, and the long guns of a flying fortress. But if he hopes to find his wife, he will have to do more than just endure.
This quiet man of letters must become a man of action.
Best Poetry Collection of the Decade - Nomination Thread
Not enough nominations for an award in this category.
Best Young Adult Novel of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - nominated by okiegirl22
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
2nd place: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - nominated by Suzune-Chan
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. . . .
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
3rd place: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus - nominated by AnokataX
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High's notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn't an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he'd planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who's still on the loose?Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
Best Non-Fiction of the Decade - Nomination Thread
1st place: Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - nominated by TriangleTingles
In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning the next vacation—each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives—and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. Thinking, Fast and Slow will transform the way you think about thinking.
2nd place: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - nominated by GanymedeBlu35
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, they began to be killed off. One Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, watched as her family was murdered. Her older sister was shot. Her mother was then slowly poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more Osage began to die under mysterious circumstances.
In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes such as Al Spencer, “the Phantom Terror,” roamed – virtually anyone who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. But the bureau was then notoriously corrupt and initially bungled the case. Eventually the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only Native American agents in the bureau. They infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest modern techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most sinister conspiracies in American history.
A true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.
3rd place: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou - nominated by Flashy-Band
The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar startup, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end in the face of pressure and threats from the CEO and her lawyers.
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at $9 billion, putting Holmes's worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.
For years, Holmes had been misleading investors, FDA officials, and her own employees. When Carreyrou, working at The Wall Street Journal, got a tip from a former Theranos employee and started asking questions, both Carreyrou and the Journal were threatened with lawsuits. Undaunted, the newspaper ran the first of dozens of Theranos articles in late 2015. By early 2017, the company's value was zero and Holmes faced potential legal action from the government and her investors. Here is the riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a disturbing cautionary tale set amid the bold promises and gold-rush frenzy of Silicon Valley.
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2017.10.01 11:09 beansareevil THEME 15 SUGGESTION THREAD

Hello everyone, this week we'll be looking for books for our 15th theme - Legends/Mythology/Folklore. Please read the rules and information below before posting your suggestions!
Legend: a story that's purported to be historical in nature but that is without substantiation. Prominent examples include King Arthur, Blackbeard, and Robin Hood. Where evidence of the existence of actual historical figures exists, figures like King Richard are legends due in large part to the many stories that have been created about them.
Myth: a traditional story that may answer life's overarching questions, such as the origins of the world or of a people. A myth can also be an attempt to explain mysteries, supernatural events, and cultural traditions. Sometimes sacred in nature, a myth can involve gods or other creatures. And a myth presents reality in dramatic ways.
Folklore: a collection of fictional tales about people or animals. Superstitions and unfounded beliefs are important elements in the folklore tradition. Folktales describe how a main character copes with the events of everyday life, and the tale may involve crisis or conflict.
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2017.09.11 00:10 beansareevil THEME 14 SUGGESTION THREAD

Hello everyone, this week we'll be looking for books for our 14th theme - Memoirs/historical fiction. Please read the rules and information below before posting your suggestions!
Memoir: a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private, that took place in the subject's life. A biography or autobiography tells the story "of a life", while a memoir often tells "a story from a life", such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life.
"Memoirs means when you put down the good things you ought to have done and leave out the bad ones you did do." - Will Rogers
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Historical Fiction: (Historical Novel) a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past.
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2017.07.02 14:34 beansareevil THEME 11 SUGGESTION THREAD

Hello everyone, this week we'll be looking for books for our tenth theme - Story is told from a woman's perspective. Please read the rules and information below before posting your suggestions!
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2017.06.11 18:21 beansareevil THEME 10 SUGGESTION THREAD

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Unreliable narrator is one whose credibility has been seriously compromised. A story may open with the narrator making a plainly false or delusional claim or admitting to being severely mentally ill, or the story itself may have a frame in which the narrator appears as a character, with clues to the character's unreliability. [x]
Plot twist is a radical change in the expected direction or outcome of the plot. It is a common practice in narration used to keep the interest of an audience, usually surprising them with a revelation. [x]
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2017.05.07 18:36 beansareevil THEME 8 SUGGESTION THREAD

"The point of view, or perspective from which a story is told influences the way the reader will understand the story. And, just as in real life, different characters will perceive the same event differently."[x]
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2014.02.18 01:37 AlanFSeem Unresolved Mysteries community update 18th Feb 2014

Hello fellow investigators.
There have recently been a few changes to the subreddit and the subreddit's rules, here is what you need to know:
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Upcoming AMA
Our guest will be David Grann, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of the bestselling non-fiction book The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon which:
tells the story of the legendary British explorer Percy Fawcett who, in 1925, disappeared with his son in the Amazon while looking for an ancient lost city. For decades, explorers and scientists have tried to find evidence of his party and the Lost City of Z. Perhaps as many as 100 people perished or disappeared searching for Fawcett over the years. Grann made his own journey into the Amazon, revealing new evidence about how Fawcett died and showing that Z may have really existed right under his feet.
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2013.06.23 20:33 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am the son of a CIA spy, and a former war reporter (Iraq, Afghanistan) writing about PTSD. AMA.

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What is your thoughts on Snowden and his actions? > Re Snowden, I think it's hard to pass judgment right now on the long-term questions his actions raise. I do think that there are serious risks of government overreach when it comes to eavesdropping and data mining, and that the info Snowden leaked could, over time, develop into a much bigger problem.
Is your father still alive? If so, his reactions as well? > Re my father, he's alive, yes. And he's been very supportive. I think parts of my book were difficult for him to read, but writing it brought us closer and allowed us to have discussions we might not otherwise have had.
How could the classified info develop into a bigger problem than the data-mining itself? If the gov't starts looking at the content of all the calls and emails, and not just the fact that they took place, for instance.
A lot of the people I've spoken to about the issue were unaware that this is actually what's happening. They thought the content of their calls was being listened to. Yep, i think that's part of the problem. it's a big and important difference.
What's the most stereotypical "spy movie" thing your father did? What part of being a spy would surprise us? Also, what is the craziest thing you saw wile reporting?' Well, let's see. When he was based in India, he did a lot of running agents and things like that, which involved doing "dead drops" and meeting his agents in the middle of the night. Once, the KGB tried to recruit him, too, and that was a pretty dramatic moment, one I recount in the book. Re the second question, being a spy has its dramatic moments, of course, but they are also ordinary people, with ordinary challenges, and I think that goes against the stereotypical idea that all of them are, literally, like James Bond. Re reporting, there were so many crazy things it's hard to think of them all. Once I interviewed a 15-year old boy who had been a child soldier and had cannibalized people while running around in the jungle with Joseph Kony. That was pretty crazy.
How did you find out your father was a spy? I found out when I was 14. My dad took me to his office, in a suburban minimall outside Detroit, Michigan, and as we were sitting in the car, he came out with it, and told me he was a spy. The whole story is in the book. It was a pretty thrilling moment, and definitely marked a before and after in my life with him.
Why do you think he told you? Was it allowed by his employers? My dad and I had always been close. However his work meant that there was this big secret he couldn't share with me. So he told me because he didn't want there to be such a big area of his life that was off-limits to me. He wanted to share as much of himself as possible with me. Also, I think it was partly practical. I was old enough to be figuring out the truth on my own. So keeping the secret would have been more of a headache than anything at a certain point. There are no hard and fast rules about how CIA officers tell their families. Each case is different. Some never reveal anything to their children. Others, like my dad, do so when it seems right.
Did your mother know before this moment? Also what did you think he did beforehand? My mother knew, yes. She had to be trained up as well (both she and my step mother, later) and so she was definitely in on the whole secret. There came a time when it was hard for her to keep up the lie and the deception. Before he told me, I thought he was just a "diplomat" or, later, a "teacher," when we lived on a secret CIA training facility in southern Virginia.
Surely then, there was no immediate danger to your family if he was exposed as a CIA officer at this point in his life then. I feel like telling your family things like this couldn't be a positive if he was an active CIA spy at the time. Well, the point is he felt he could trust me, and he was right. Remember that if he hadn't told me, I might have figured it out on my own anyway, so it was going to come up sooner or later. It could have become a negative in certain circumstances, yes. But it didn't. And all CIA families have to deal with this issue at some point. It's unavoidable. Ask any other children, and many will tell you a story similar to mine. Ask Carl Colby, for instance.
Camp Peary? Yep.
Okay thanks and congratulations for keeping the secret. Did you ever tell any friend though? Nope, not until he had retired and it was okay to do so. he also ran a political campaign where he was out in public, so that helped.
How does someone become a CIA spy? Do you find the CIA or does the CIA find you? There are lots of different ways. You can actually apply! Most of the time, people apply or get recruited through the military. Sometimes the CIA will look for you and recruit you. My father had a kind of unique story -- he sort of recruited himself. It's a story I tell in the book. But basically he was in Mexico City, working as a professor. And he found out that the CIA was interested in the school where he was teaching because the KGB was trying to recruit students there. So he inserted himself into the mix, and thus put himself in a position where they recruited him.
That's so cool. What was your father's opinion of the USSR? Does he have that vitriolic distaste for communism or was he just doing job? And what exactly does the CIA look into re your political affiliations when you apply? He had a severe distaste for communism, yes. and i'm not sure what their take is now on political affiliations. it's probably much different from my father's era.
Was it difficult knowing you had a parent that was a CIA spy and never being able to tell anyone? Also, did that life lead you to become a war reporter? There were definitely times when it was hard, yes. For instance, having to lie to friends and family over long periods of time was hard. Sometimes I wanted to, but I never did, even though there were people who suspected. As to the second question, yes, I think it may have contributed. There are real similarities between the two professions, spy and journalist (esp foreign correspondent) that became clearer to me over time -- going out into the world, cultivating sources, getting restricted information, being in risky environments and so forth.
What type of surfing do you do? Oh, pretty much any wave I can catch. I like pretty mellow lefts, maybe 4-6 feet or so. I'm goofy. I love long, smooth rides with some good push. Mostly I love just being out there with my friends, enjoying the beauty and the ocean.
Longboarding or shortboarding? Both. I've got a 6'8" for some days, and some days here in the Bay Area I'll rent a longboard to surf the small waves at a place like Bolinas :)
What do you feel is your most lasting memory from your time in Iraq and Afghanistan? Too many to recount here, I think. I have very strong memories of some of the close calls I had, being bombed while riding in a humvee, for instance, or being ambushed and almost getting killed while driving north during the invasion. But those are pretty negative memories. I also remember certain interviews, talking with people about their lives, before and during the war, seeing them as human beings. I remember many wonderful evenings spent with Iraqis just talking. I remember being rocketed in our house. And I remember friends who died, both Iraqi and American.
Are you aware of the research that MAPS and other organizations are doing regarding the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of PTSD? If so, what are your opinions on the research? I'm aware of it, yes, and very intrigued by it. I think it could lead to some exciting discoveries down the line. Generally, I think there's a lot of fascinating research being done in the world of psychedelics, like ayahuasca and so forth, but the extent to which it's all applicable to PTSD is, for me anyway, still unknown. But I'd like to learn more.
Hey! As part of the training does a spy learn martial arts/hand to hand combat? Some surely do. My father didn't. He did learn weapons training, both in rifles and hand guns. He also learned things like surveillance detection, writing in invisible ink and resisting interrogation. Paramilitary types learn a whole lot of other stuff, too!
What do you mean by paramilitary types? Also, thanks for doing this AMA, really interesting stuff. Well, the cia has a lot of paramilitary activities. read mark mazzett's book, "the way of the knife."
Why do you refer to your father as "spy", rather than officer? Answered this below. technically, officer is the right term, thanks! but spy is the more pop culture meme that makes it more accessible for people to understand. but it's an important distinction. thanks!
What do you think about the upcoming withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan? The vice piece "This Is What Winning Looks Like"(Link to www.vice.com certainly makes me concerned about the afghan police and militarys ability to keep any sort of stability. What, if anything, do you think could be done to stabilize Afghanistan? Alas, not a lot, in my view. Developing stability there has to come from the Afghan side of things, and that, I think, is something that will only develop slowly, with a lot of good will and effort from Afghans themselves. It can't be imposed by us, and we should have learned that by now, but leave it to American policy makers to keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
Have you ever met anyone who you suspected was an undercover spy while covering a story? Did your familiarity with the CIA affect what sources you interacted with? I have met people I've suspected of being spies, yes, many times. In Afghanistan, Iraq, Africa and elsewhere. In some cases, I've met people who I knew were spies, working either for the U.S or other agencies. In Afghanistan, we used to come across "journalists" who purported to be working for fictional news outlets, and we became convinced they were actually spies. Re the 2nd question -- I don't think it did, really. I just worked the way I worked, but maybe I was a little bit more sensitive to the fact that I knew a bit more about how certain relationships worked.
How much information is your father allowed to give you about his missions/operations? Well, there are certain things he could never tell me. And he couldn't ever reveal what's called "sources and methods" which are the rules for how spying actually works. But he could tell me "war stories" if you will, the broad outlines of what happened, and how he was involved, without compromising national security or anything. Also, when you're a child of a CIA officer, you pick up a lot just by osmosis over the years, so some of it came to me that way. And finally, I've known a lot of CIA people as friends and acquaintances over the years, so you pick stuff up that way as well.
Any cool spy techniques you learned through osmosis? Hmmm. Well, I think I learned some things just by watching my father, like how to deflect if a question cut too close to home. That's the first thing that comes to mind. I'll add if I can think of anything else.
How exactly do you deflect a question like a spy? Q: so what does your dad do? A: oh, he's in the gov't. boring bureaucrat stuff. hey, what's your girlfriend's name? she's great!
Did you cover the 2003 bombing of Baghdad? If so, what was that like? Well, yes and no. I was in Baghdad before "Shock and Awe" started, yes, when Saddam Hussein was still in power. I left just days before the actual bombing began -- my "human shield" visa had expired and the government was going to kick me out or throw me in jail. Then I went to Kuwait and covered the war as a "unilateral" journalist heading north behind the troops.
What was is like staying abroad, in so many different countries and continents? And which country was your favorite & least favorite? I, for one, loved living overseas, both as a dependent when I was young, and as a foreign correspondent. For me it broadened my perspective, I learned languages, saw things I would have never otherwise seen, it was just terrific. Of course, moving was challenging, but I took to it with relish. Not everyone does, and that's fine, people are different. But I loved it. My most favorite country? I think South Africa. It's beautiful, diverse, interesting, people are friendly, there's incredible history...it's one of the most amazing places I've ever been.
What is your father's take on wikileaks? I think he's not a fan...too much of a scattershot approach for him, not selective or intelligent enough, not discerning enough. He was a big supporter of the Pentagon Papers though, because it was targeted and because he supported the anti-war movement.
Do you think war journalism lends itself to the same kind of PTSD symptoms as active-duty? I can imagine you were a little shell-shocked. It can, absolutely, yes. I had some issues with it, and so did a lot of my friends. we don't talk about it all that much in journalism, but we're starting to more, and it has affected a lot of journalists over the years.
How did your father become a spy? What kind of qualifications do you need for that type of job? I answered this above, where I talked about his work in Mexico City. Re qualifications -- I think you need to be clever, enjoy mind games, be hungry for information, maybe patriotic or at least believe in what you're doing, skillful with people, psychologically astute, discrete...
What's the most badass thing you think your father did as a spy? Ha. Not sure, maybe there's something he did that he never told me about. He did some pretty badass things that I do know about -- recruiting a Chinese spy in one instance, or running around Afghanistan with Special Forces implementing various "psy ops" programs with Afghan tribal leaders.
Journalist question: I have been working on improving my writing, can you share any tips that can help me improve? Sure.
Write what's difficult. If it's hard to write, or painful, it needs to be written.
Write every single day.
Read writers you like
Try different styles on and in the process try to develop your own.
Be fearless.
When you started writing, did you go through a course or was it natural? I took some poetry courses in college and some basic writing classes, but that's it. i just always liked to do it. and then i learned a ton when i started at newsweek as an intern, from a mentor and other journalists. so most of my training actually happened on the job.
How do spies typically find relevant information when they're in other countries? Well, they develop sources, much like journalists do, only they try to find people in sensitive jobs, like at the local Defense Ministry or Foreign Affairs Dept, and get them to betray the laws of their own countries to provide information to the U.S. But it's all about people, finding people who share you ideas, your goals, your ideology, and working with them and against your common enemies, whether it's the totalitarian regime in which you find yourself, or the company in which you work.
Did your father ever question why he did the things he did? I don't necessarily mean asking questions that he knew he would never get an answer to, but more questioning his loyalty, if what he did was worth it, anything in that area? He did, yes, and still does. There's a long process of reckoning, I think, in a world like his, where the moral outlines are kind of hazy and there's a lot of murkiness to be waded through. I think he did think it was worth it, on some days, and on others maybe less so. He was not always in line with the U.S foreign policy of the time, especially lately, and so it was hard to be a servant in its message at times. But he loves his country, the best parts of it, and I think he felt that America was worth defending against, say, the threat of Stalinist mayhem. Obviously, it's more complicated than just that, but that's a snapshot.
How do you think your life would of been, if your father had never told you? Would you be the person you are today? Most probably not. I think I would never have had occasion to really think about what he did, and maybe not being let in on the secret would have engendered a more naive or trusting approach toward things? Just a thought...then again, maybe I'd be just the same, and by now I would have known anyway, so it would have just come a little later. It's hard to say, difficult to rethink what has already happened. But interesting to ponder...
When you were a kid, and found out your dad was a spy, how tempting was it to tell everyone your dad was so cool because he was a spy!? I know I would've wanted to. Well, I suppose it could have been tempting, but it was made very clear to me that that was not an option. And in my household, in those circumstances, at that time, I took that admonition very seriously. The context was very different.
Are having parents that are spies really all that it is cracked up to be? edit: Spy kids the movie always made me have this awesome perception as a kid. It's not like the movies, bourne identity or spy kids, that's for sure. my wife and i had a joke that the next movie should be called "Double Oh Dad"
What are your thoughts/experiences on people treating their PTSD with marijuana? I don't know, really. I know that people have tried using ecstasy in some cases, but I'm not sure about marijuana. There are a lot of other treatments as well -- including art, surfing, dogs, music and many other things.
What advice do you have for young student journalists looking to get involved in war reporting, and more specifically embedding within military forces? First, try to build a relationship with some news outlets that will take your stories. That done, start putting in requests for embeds via the PIO with whatever military force you'd like to embed with. Build contacts and sources as much as possible.
This might be a bit off topic; but as a journalist who covered Iraq and Afghanistan, did you ever get to meet an Australian reporter by the name of Michael Ware? If so what was/is he like? This might be too general, and maybe I'll have to read your book to find out, but what are your honest thoughts on the Iraq/Afghan wars (summed up of course). Also, have you seen the VICE documentary "This is what winning looks like" and did you ever see evidence of Chai Boys while you were working in Afghanistan? You might have to read the book, yes :) But all in all, Iraq was pretty disastrous I think. Don't know the Chai boys, no. Who's that?
What do you think of 'centrism' in the news media? I think it depends on the story. Sometimes journalists need to be very centrist and objective and so forth. And sometimes, there has to be more pushback because the tables are skewed too far in one direction already. See the reporting of Michael Hastings to get a better sense of what I mean by that.
What are your thoughts on the recent passing of American journalist Michael Hastings? Both of you have covered and written about similar issues and his death has deprived Americans of one of their most hard-hitting and fearless journalists. Well, I was Mike's boss in Baghdad, and we were very good friends. I was devastated by his death. I think the world of journalism has suffered a huge loss by his passing, and other journalists need to step up and keep doing the kind of terrific journalism he was doing right up until the end.
What do you think America should do about the suicide rate of our current veterans? Well, i don't know the answer, but they need to do something, don't they? it's unacceptable, really, that it's so high.
Hello! With your work with PTSD in the military, how would you assess the ability of army doctors (psychiatrists) to identify and prevent PTSD? Do you feel we need more? Better trained? Yes, we definitely need better, better trained, more, the whole shabang. there are some very good ones in the military, but not enough. the whole issue just needs more exposure, more attention.
Thanks for doing this, i hope i'm not too late. What would your reaction be to people disputing "we give up our privacy for safety/security"? Both Obama and Bush have said that, but shouldn't this mass surveillance have stopped things like the Boston Marathon Bombing? Or do you think it has and that these tragedies were simply unavoidable? I'm not sure. I think that's what everyone is wanting to know.
How accurate is the hollywood depiction of CIA spy's in regards to your father? Not very accurate at all. Hollywood is good at art, not so good at reality.
Well, I have no doubt that heightened security measures have helped us on many occasions. That said, they can't prevent everything. I think it's a bit of a gamble sometimes, that there's a hope and expectation that the increased security will prevent the worst tragedies from occurring. Just a guess though.
When and how did you realize you wanted to be a war journalist? What are the hardships and what are the moments that make you glad you do what you do? Thanks your book looks very interesting! I realized I wanted to cover conflicts a year or so after I started doing journalism, in Paris, in 1998. I thought it was just the most interesting and exciting part of the profession. And in some respects it is. Not all though, and in more recent years I've found a lot of value doing other things. I did it when I was a young man, and in some respects it's a young person's job. It can be hard, dangerous, dirty, ugly and exhausting, but it's also amazing to be so close to big moments in history, and to feel the forces of the world at work right around you. That's what I liked most. Thanks for your interest.
Was your father in amazing shape as we come to believe spies all are? Not that i know of! :) he does his best though...
If someone, say, was interested in going to a conflict zone to cover it, freelance or otherwise, what advice would you give? What're the most important considerations when entering one? Well, safety is first. don't think you're invincible because you're not, a mistake rookies often make. be intrepid but be smart first. don't think foreign governments will treat you nicely simply because you're an american. they won't always. get the backing of at least one org before you go. get to know other journalists before you go and seek their advice. travel with other journos at fist, until you get the lay of the land. have two phones. keep in touch.
Have you ever thought of following in your father's footsteps? As you became older, has the life and the secrecy ever appealed to you? I gave up on becoming a spy when I was pretty young. I thought, and he encouraged me in the belief, that other lines of work would ultimately be more rewarding. That said, I am attracted by the idea of having a sort of impunity to exist in a morally ambiguous world with the backing of a government, it's powerful, hard to resist. I didn't, of course, but it's interesting to fantasize about, isn't it?
Was your dad ever "too busy" to spend time with the family? Was his job time consuming? Did he enjoy his job? Would he recommend it? Same goes for you, did you like being a reporter in Afghanistan? Sometimes he was too busy, but my dad was mostly there for us. and he mostly liked his job. i'm not sure he would recommend it, or if he did, not to everybody certainly. and i, yes, i loved and still love my job.
Has your father ever actually shared any of his "Top Secret" stories with you? And If so, are you able to share anything with us? Only what he could share without breaking the law. Read my book, there are a lot of great spy stories in there. I think you'll enjoy it.
Has your Dad ever talked about his cover being or almost being blown? Well, it was always a risk when he was working during his career. but afterwards i didn't do anything to affect it. he was already out of the shadows by the time i was heavy into writing the book.
When you went to cover the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan did you have to get special training? Did you write about things that you thought were particularly important about the conflicts that weren't printed? Do you prefer to write freelance or for a particular newspaper or magazine? I did get some special training yes. Most journalists of my time, and into the present day, have taken security courses where we're taught what to do if kidnapped, for example. I took a course in nuclear, biological and chemical warfare. Also, first aid. All were helpful in some ways during the time I spent in war zones. I wrote for Newsweek for most of my career, still do occasionally, actually. But now I'm mostly freelance.
Did you dad try to hide from you that he was a spy? How did you find out? Do you have cool spy gadgets? I answered this above. There's a story in the book about how he told me and in what circumstances. I don't have any cool spy gadgets, no. I wish!
What is your thoughts on television/films showing such intimate portrayals of either spies (anit-CIA) or CIA agents themselves. Obviously, "The Americans (FX)" comes to mind in particularly. What is the most accurate film or television series depicting CIA life? I haven't seen the americans yet, but want to, i have a feeling it'll be the closest to the real thing? maybe? i also liked "tinker, tailor, soldier, spy" but my dad didn't. he said it was too emotional and too fraught with feelings about betrayal and stuff. i'm not so sure.
As someone who works in the mental health field I don't think we have great ways to treat PTSD. I've recently heard promising anecdotes about alternative ways to help folks with PTSD - some are even pretty out there like sweat lodges. Have you come across any alternative or even sorta out there methods that you think might hold promise to help folks manage or heal their PTSD? I don't have anything more to offer than what the qualified medical professionals are already recommending. The problem isn't really innovative ideas, it's education and making them available to large numbers of people.
I'm seriously considering a career as a post-trauma therapist, I'd love to help people suffering from PTSD. Is there any advice you can give me about a career in this field? Or is there anything that most people don't know about before starting in this field that I should consider before making the decision to pursue this career path? Well, be prepared to see, hear and immerse yourself in a fairly steady stream of horror. If you like that, or think you can handle it, then by all means go for it. But it's not for the faint hearted. At least that's my sense of it. Very interesting stuff though. it's bound to be a career that will keep you interested and excited.
If you can answer, What type of spy (case officer) is/was your dad? He was just a regular case officer, not sure what you mean by the question...
Why did you choose Journalism as your profession? Did you ever think of following your father's footsteps and joining the CIA? Journalism and the world of intelligence are eerily similar in many ways. I addressed this above. I think journalism was my way of sort of following in my father's footsteps, but doing it on my own terms. They're similar enough to be noted, but different enough to feel autonomous.
Which journalist do you look up to the most? Any moments that inspired you to become a journalist? Thanks so much! So many other writers i admire. kapuscinski (sp?), david grann, mark singer...on an on the list goes. the moment i stepped into the newsweek office in paris, and saw that world, i was hooked. from then on i knew i wanted to be a journalist and writer.
This has always boggled me. How does one actually get such a job as working as a CIA spy? Or any sort of "higher up" government position? I'd love to know how it actually happens. I answered some of this above. you can actually just apply. but there are many routes in, from many different sectors, it depends on your skill set and lots of other things.
Are you familiar with the work on PTSD of Peter Levine or David Berceli? Their stuff has been hugely helpful to some folks i know, despite being a bit "woo". I've seen some pretty incredible results, particularly from Berceli's "TRE" method. Yes, it's fascinating stuff. Levine's work, in particular, is very interesting.
How old are you and what was the timespan of your father's career? did your family ever live in a country that the US was not friendly with? I'm 39. my dad was a case officer for 25 years, from 68-94 or so. then he was an independent contractor for many years after 9/11.
How often did your dad have to leave for work? Was he ever in a life threatening scenario? Does he have any cool stories. Yes, see some of the above answers. i've tried to address this there. and you can also read the book to find out more.
Do you feel that using MDMA could be effective at helping people with PTSD? Or is it more of a temporary fix for a very serious long term problem? I don't know enough about the mechanics of it to give a thoughtful answer, sorry.
I had a friend in High School who's father did similar work in covert operations. She was often stressed because she knew he would be overseas on assignment but was rarely able to contact him for extended periods of time. For example, she was allowed to know he would be in a region or country, let's say somewhere like Syria, and then he wouldn't return her emails for a week(s). Did you have a similar experience? Was it ever rough? Yes, I did. My dad would go on assignment to places like Afghanistan and there were times he'd be out of touch for a long time. I was, too, as a journalist, and so I was more used to it. But it was hard on my step mom at times. And he had some close calls, yes. Once, in Pakistan, he narrowly escaped a car bomb at a restaurant. That was nerve wracking to hear when he told me about it later.
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