DON'T SHOOT THE ICE CREAM MAN A Cold War Spy in the New World Disorder
by James Waste Ringwalt Press
AT THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR, two men in dark suits and shades walked into the San Francisco antique store that James Waste had opened after a successful international career with Bechtel. Their mission: to ask Mr. Waste to serve as an observer for the CIA.
Waste accepted on the spot. Over the course of the next three decades, he reported to the agency both as a case officer and as an independent contractor, first behind the Iron Curtain and later along the ancient Silk Road of Central Asia. From the mangled hulk of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, to the violent ungoverned reaches of Tajikistan, to the Tbilisi office of former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze, Donít Shoot the Ice Cream Man combines a vivid collage of first-hand experiences with a compelling behind-the-scenes portrait of a changing world.