No Backup by Rosemary Dew
A Female Agent's Life in the FBI

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Rosemary Dew, who earned the title of Special Agent of the FBI, was recipient of eight commendations from FBI directors, and was the seventh woman to be named supervisor at FBI headquarters, has opened up the files on the agency and reveals a broken organization rife with discriminatory practices. Dew worked undercover against criminals, spies, and terrorists. She supervised the bureau’s international response to the Achille Lauro hijacking and signed the arrest warrant for Abu Abbas. Yet for all her accomplishments, Rosemary Dew remained a “female” agent first and “special” agent second, treated with disdain, sexually harassed, and denied the opportunities and privileges of male agents. In her memoir, Dew relives her FBI life from the training academy to the most sensitive missions of national security. As her tale unfolds, so do the FBI’s many problems, one of them being the bureau’s persistent lack of cooperation with other investigative agencies — an attitude instilled from its inception by J. Edgar Hoover. Special Agent Dew views the FBI as a dysfunctional family where those who don’t fit the Hoover mold are not welcome. In No Backup, Dew makes a powerful call for change and lays out a blueprint for FBI reform.

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ROSEMARY DEW has worked as a defense and law enforcement consultant since leaving the FBI in 1990. She has led information security and antisubmarine warfare programs, and served on a presidential advisory committee on information technology and national security. She also is a trained chemical weapons inspector under international treaties. PAT PAPE is a Dallas-based writer and former news reporter and television anchorwoman. PAT PAPE is a Dallas-based writer and former news reporter/television anchorwoman.
Published November 24, 2003 by Carroll & Graf. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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a dysfunctional family of agents willing to undercut each other for imagined steps up a golden career ladder.” Other structural failings include sexual and racial harassment, corruption (“the current system of FBI self-policing is an incestuous management structure”), fear of admitting mistakes, ...

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Dew, who worked for the FBI from 1977 to 1990 in positions of increasing responsibility, delivers, with the assistance of writer and reporter Pape, a gripping exposé of the entrenched discrimination against women agents that is rampant throughout the bureau.

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