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The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service (Book Review)

Click to view this book's Amazon pageHenry Crumpton career included the CIA, FBI and other US Government positions.  As a traditional intelligence office in Africa he rose through the CIA ranks.  As deputy chief of the CIA’s counterterrorism center, he recounts overcautious US Government policy makers and “insufficient political will” prior to the 9-11 event, and the political arguing during the hunt for Osama Bin Laden that allowed Bin Laden to slip from their grasp.

Crumpton’s story offers some insights into the US Government’s operations and activities without providing many details.  He clearly believes America should be more aggressive in its counterterrorism operations.

I found this book reasonably interesting but not as informative as others I read.  It provides another glimpse into the mindset of our country’s leadership and how our Government operates, corroborating the information provided by other books I’ve read.

Click here to open The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service Amazon Page

References:

Wall Street Journal Book Review

Washington Post Book Review

Henry Crumpton : America’s Eroding Antiterror Intelligence (Wall Street Journal)

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