It's only July, and it seems like this summer we've seen enough intelligence agencies, whistleblowers, spies, and covert ops to last a lifetime. That's why for the month of August, we'll be taking a brief departure and selecting a nonfiction work. If you'd like to join us, tear yourself away from this month's selection (The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood) for just one moment and consider the options below.

The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth by Mark Mazzetti (2013)

Ride along in America's shadow war against terrorism from the far-off battlefields of Iraq, Afghanistan, and Somalia to exotic locales like Virginia. The author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times.

The Master of Disguise: My Secret Life in the CIA by Antonio J. Mendez (2010)

More CIA intrigue, this time with a Cold War slant. Written by a former top-level CIA operative and the author of Argo.

The Watchers: The Rise of America's Surveillance State by Shane Harris (2011)

From the basement workbench of former National Security Adviser John Poindexter to the front lines of the war on terror, meet the characters and events that ushered in the American surveillance state.

See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism by Robert Baer (2003)

A former Middle East case officer contends that the CIA was sabotaged by Washington politics, while at the same time telling the story of his twenty-year career and madcap misadventures in places like Beirut, Lebanon, Tajikistan, Morocco, and Iraqi Kurdistan.

Closed Poll
What will we be reading in August?
  • The Way of the Knife 46%|71 votes
  • The Master of Disguise 17%|26 votes
  • The Watchers 26%|40 votes
  • See No Evil 11%|17 votes

This poll is closed