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Just finished the book this weekend and liked it. His clarity of thought makes me think he's the kind of guy who keeps copious notes in whatever he does. Strikes me as an utterly no-nonsense, honest judge and prosecutor. Disparaged as a "Boy Scout," his high esteem for the rule of law oozes from his words. At times, the listen drags because of Freeh's detail. The Mafia, OK City bombing, Unabomber, Khobar Towers, USS Cole, Sept 11, Clinton investigations, FBI spies, etc. -- it's all here. I read that Joe Lockhart, former Clinton Press Secretary, characterizes the book as "following the right-wing playbook," but Freeh's remarks about Clinton are frank and fair and take an appropriate fraction of the book. Best I can tell, Louis Freeh's political leanings are liberal Republican or even moderate Democrat. He writes favorably of Nelson Rockefeller, Warren Rudman, and Rudy Guliani and has several liberal friends, including Bill Clinton's first White House counsel, Bernie Nussbaum (who recommended Freeh to Clinton), and Bob Bennett, Clinton's lawyer in the Paula Jones case.
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There are a few interesting moments in this book. After all it's partly about the FBI. But mainly, I was very disappointed. Partly because he spends the majority of the book droning on about himself. But my main problem with the book is that it becomes clear early in the book that he is an axe-grinder of the first order. He goes on at length about his issues with Bill Clinton and Richard Clarke's books, to the point where he actually cites page numbers! He then follows this up with personal attacks on these men. Frankly, I was excited to listen to this book, but now I feel like I should have saved my money - rather than a story about the FBI, it's a tool for Louis Freeh to spew his venom. Ugly!
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I've read a lot of US political / law enforcement / intelligence books from this time period and while this is not the worst one, it's definitely not the best either. Still worth a read through.
At 5 hours it's pretty short too.