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by Nada Prouty

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This is a story of a modern day Joe McCarthy type smear campaign/witch hunt.

Nada Prouty grew up in a Druze Lebanese household. Although her Arabic and religious cultures in general have less regard for females than males, Nada’s family was far more misogynistic than even those cultures’ norms. She and her two sisters were verbally and physically abused while her brother, Talid, the only son had the best of everything.

Eventually, though, Nada was able to join her sister in America to attend college. She obtained her citizenship with a short lived paper marriage. When her interest turned to the FBI, she fully disclosed this first marriage.

She went on to have a stellar career, first in the FBI and then the CIA as she helped bring a variety of Middle Eastern terrorism cases to justice.

However, after the attacks on 911, she became the victim of a brother's bad choices and the anti-Arabic witch hunt which gripped the country. She found herself removed from her post in the CIA and investigated as a spy. When no evidence existed against her, insinuating statements were given to the press with hints about 'top secret' matters. She found herself out of job, blackmailed by the agency that she had once loved, her accounts depleted of hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyers’ fees, and a pariah in her adopted country.

The story was fascinating.I found the attitudes about Arab Americans and the ways the US government and government officials can intimidate citizens very disturbing. Recommended book. ( )
  streamsong | Feb 25, 2012 |
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Nada Prouty is a Hero.
Her brother and father are Assholes.
Kenneth Chadwell is an Asshole.
Kenneth L. Wainstein is an Asshole.
That being said, Uncompromised: The Rise and Fall of an Arab-American Patriot in the CIA by Nada Prouty is an incredible history of a woman able to overcome a very difficult childhood in Lebanon to make herself into an American hero. She has suffered through an immense amount of difficulties, magnified by abuse from an abusive father, to become a solid citizen and a major contributor to the battle against Islamic terrorists. This book will make you mad, and make you appreciate all the fine men and women that work to keep us all safe. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested about terrorists and the people who fight them. ( )
  lpg3d | Feb 19, 2012 |
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Uncompromised is a powerful memoir. Nada Prouty, a former FBI and CIA agent, tells the story of how she came to be involved in the War on Terror, and how she was accused of spying for Hezbollah. She starts her story with her childhood in war-torn Lebanon, providing an interesting and important background to both who Nada is as a person and her desire to serve the United States in the fight against terrorism. She then goes on to tell of her immigration to America, and how she became first an FBI agent, and then later a CIA spy; finally, Nada concludes with the devastating story of how she became known as "Jihad Jane," when she was falsely accused of spying for Hezbollah.

The writing is fairly simple, yet works very well for Nada in telling her story. There were some parts where she discussed her former colleagues, especially in discussing her time at the Bureau, where I was a little off-put because she described her unwavering commitment to justice and often compared it to her colleagues' lack of concern about the mission; while it may very well be true, the tone bothered me a bit, in that it made her come across as having a holier-than-thou, "I'm more patriotic than you are" attitude. But for the most part, I very much enjoyed reading Nada Prouty's story, and I think it is definitely an important and timely one to be shared today. ( )
  crazylilcuban | Jan 30, 2012 |
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This was a really interesting book that definitely kept the pages turning. The author was simply trying to serve the country that she'd grown to love, but our government sure did make it difficult for her.

Overall I found the writing to be fine, but it felt like the end was a little rushed. About 3/4 of the book is a build up to the ridiculousness, and then it's just sort of rushed through. I felt like the reasons she was set up should have been gotten into with a little more depth.

I would certainly recommend it to a friend and I'm glad I read it. Also, thanks to the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program for the copy of this book! ( )
  agnesmack | Jan 30, 2012 |
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'Uncompromised' opens with a M16 being shoved into Nada Prouty’s face while she was on a secret mission for the CIA in Bagdad. How did she get there?

She started out as one of the verbally abused and beaten daughter of a Lebanese family. She was raised as a Druze, a religion that combines Christianity, Judaism and Muslim beliefs. Not only were she and her sisters maltreated by her parents, she was in a religious minority that did not get much respect. How did a brave young woman emerge from that background?

Culture and her father's financial benefit demanded that she be married off to another Druze with higher financial assets. Also Lebanon was undergoing political upheaval and it wasn't safe to be a Druze in her neighborhood anymore.

Nada Prouty tells her life story with drama and poignant details from the time that she was a girl trying to survive her father and her brother's beatings, to her trip to Detroit to meet up with her older sister and then get an education as a ticket out of her heavily prescribed life.

She has a very strong will to survive, a keen intellectual mind, athletic body and demonstrated her cleverness at a very young age. She had to be in order to escape the beatings as much as possible. This is the story of her journey from girlhood to CIA agent and her
problem that put her career and citizenship into jeopardy. It is also the story of her role in many high profile international investigations.

I enjoyed reading about her life journey and learning more about our investigative institutions. It kept my interest throughout the book.

I recommend this book to all who are interested in the Middle East, the FBI and CIA. ( )
  Carolee888 | Jan 23, 2012 |
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"A sobering account of democratic fallibility in an age of anxiety."
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0230113869, Hardcover)

“Nada Prouty served her country loyally, with distinction, and, as universally acknowledged by her colleagues, with great personal courage as a CIA covert officer.  This tale of rampant trampling of citizen's rights is a vivid reminder of the responsibility of citizens to be vigilant against unaccountable government overreach if we hope to keep a strong democracy, where the rule of law prevails and where a citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
                             -Valerie Plame, author of Fair Game

When Nada Prouty came to the United States as a young woman, she fell in love with the democracy and freedom of her new home. After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father and facing the prospect of an arranged marriage, she jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America-a path that led to exciting undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. As a leading agent widely lauded by her colleagues, she worked on the most high-profile terrorism cases in recent history, including the hunt for Saddam Hussein and the bombing of the USS Cole, often putting her life on the line and usually getting her man.

But all this changed in the wake of 9/11, at the height of anti-Arab fervor, when federal investigators charged Prouty with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Lacking sufficient evidence to make their case in court, prosecutors went to the media, suggesting that she had committed treason. Prouty, dubbed “Jihad Jane” by the New York Post, was quickly cast as a terrorist mastermind by the relentless 24-hour news cycle, and a scandal-hungry public ate it up.

Though the CIA and federal judge eventually exonerated Prouty of all charges, she was dismissed from the agency and stripped of her citizenship. In Uncompromised, Prouty tells her whole story in a bid to restore her name and reputation in the country that she loves. Beyond a thrilling story of espionage and betrayal, this is a sobering commentary on cultural alienation, the power of fear, and what it means to truly love America.

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"Nada Prouty served her country loyally, with distinction, and, as universally acknowledged by her colleagues, with great personal courage as a CIA covert officer. This tale of rampant trampling of citizen's rights is a vivid reminder of the responsibility of citizens to be vigilant against unaccountable government overreach if we hope to keep a strong democracy, where the rule of law prevails and where a citizen is presumed innocent until proven guilty." -Valerie Plame, author of Fair Game When Nada Prouty came to the United States as a young woman, she fell in love with the democracy and freedom of her new home. After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father and facing the prospect of an arranged marriage, she jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America-a path that led to exciting undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. As a leading agent widely lauded by her colleagues, she worked on the most high-profile terrorism cases in recent history, including the hunt for Saddam Hussein and the bombing of the USS Cole, often putting her life on the line and usually getting her man. But all this changed in the wake of 9/11, at the height of anti-Arab fervor, when federal investigators charged Prouty with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. Lacking sufficient evidence to make their case in court, prosecutors went to the media, suggesting that she had committed treason. Prouty, dubbed "Jihad Jane" by the New York Post, was quickly cast as a terrorist mastermind by the relentless 24-hour news cycle, and a scandal-hungry public ate it up. Though the CIA and federal judge eventually exonerated Prouty of all charges, she was dismissed from the agency and stripped of her citizenship. In Uncompromised, Prouty tells her whole story in a bid to restore her name and reputation in the country that she loves. Beyond a thrilling story of espionage and betrayal, this is a sobering commentary on cultural alienation, the power of fear, and what it means to truly love America"-- "When Nada Prouty came to the United States as a young woman, she fell in love with the democracy and freedom of her new home. After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father, and facing the prospect of an arranged marriage, she jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America--a path that led to exciting undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. As a leading agent widely lauded by her colleagues, she worked on the most high-profile terrorism cases in recent history, including the hunt for Saddam Hussein and the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, often putting her life on the line and usually getting her man. But all this changed in the wake of 9/11, at the height of anti-Arab fervor, when federal investigators charged Prouty with passing intelligence to Hezbollah. With no evidence to support these claims, the prosecutors grossly overstated the charges against her to the media, suggesting that she had committed treason. Prouty, dubbed "Jihad Jane" by The New York Post, was quickly cast as a terrorist mastermind by the relentless 24-hour news cycle, and a scandal-hungry public ate it up. Though the CIA and federal judge eventually exonerated Prouty of all charges, she was dismissed from the agency and stripped of her citizenship. In Uncompromised, Prouty tells her whole story in a bid to restore her name and reputation in the country that she loves. Beyond a thrilling story of espionage and betrayal, this is a sobering commentary on cultural alienation, the power of fear, and what it means to truly love America"--… (more)

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