Chris Whipple is an acclaimed writer, journalist, documentary filmmaker, and speaker. A multiple Peabody and Emmy Award-winning producer at CBS's 60 Minutes and ABC's Primetime, he is the chief executive officer of CCWHIP Productions. He is a frequent guest on MSNBC and CNN, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post. The author, most recently, of The Gatekeepers, he was the executive producer and writer of Showtime's The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs.
A highly readable, fair, and well researched history of the CIA over the past fifty years. Whipple comes neither to pillory the CIA nor to praise it but, rather, to understand it - and he fully succeeds. -- Max Boot, New York Times bestselling author The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam Engrossing ... Whipple is at once clear-eyed and fair-minded while giving us a riveting read. -- Evan Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of The Very Best Men: The Daring Early Years of the CIA Better than anyone, Chris Whipple knows how to root out the secrets buried deeply in the federal bureaucracy ... When he gives the most secret of our agencies a good shaking the headline stories and secrets come tumbling out ... This is the CIA with the bark off, and Washington reporting at its best. -- Bob Schieffer, CBS News Provides astute profiles of the men, and one woman, in charge of the modern Central Intelligence Agency, and the presidents for whom they have worked ... Accurate, fair and informative. -- John W. Dean, Nixon Administration White House Counsel and bestselling author of Conservatives Without Conscience Chris Whipple is an accomplished historian, hard-nosed journalist, and master storyteller ... A must-read for anyone interested in America's intelligence gathering and national security. -- James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State Fascinating ... Whipple parts the curtains on the dark art to show the triumphs and failures, the personalities and rivalries of those who work in the shadows of espionage. -- Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent for NBC News and bestselling author of The Greatest Generation Riveting ... a timely reminder of the outsized influence of our nation's intelligence bureaucracy - and the men and women who live in this wilderness of mirrors. 'They were all asked to do things they shouldn't do,' says Cynthia Helms, wife of the legendary CIA Director Richard Helms. Whipple explores these ethical quandaries with nuance and fairness. -- Kai Bird, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames Compelling ... Chris Whipple does for the CIA and Washington DC what Plutarch did for those whose job it was to expand and defend the glory of Rome - paint an indelible portrait of how the servants of government seek to know and control the world ... One theme emerges from the career of each director - how difficult it is to tell presidents anything they don't want to hear. -- Thomas Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA The best book about the CIA I've ever read. Its revelations are eye-popping, alternately exhilarating and depressing ... How Whipple managed to pull so much history together, how he extracted such a wealth of detail from his principal sources - the CIA leaders themselves - is quite simply mind-boggling. This is an important book. And one hell of a story. -- Christopher Buckley, New York Times bestselling author of The White House Mess and Thank You for Smoking Chris Whipple has become in recent years something of a Washington elite whisperer. In The Spymasters - as in his equally masterful book, The Gatekeepers - he gets almost everyone to spill their secrets. -- David Friend * Vanity Fair * Here's a secret: The best way to learn the history of the CIA is from the top, and Chris Whipple goes there, with amazingly candid interviews with the spymasters. This engrossing, well-researched book also breaks new ground with the untold story of the CIA's biggest-ever manhunt. -- Jonathan Alter, author of His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life