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This book is an excellent addition to the books by Gates and Panetta. It undistorts most of the record created by headlines, politicians and pundits which we receive every day and is rarely corrected. Bush is characterized as a hands-on and knowledgeable user of intelligence data. Obama is characterized as someone who is motivated more by politics than by the proper operations of the intelligence agencies. Holder and Feinstein are shown to be headline grabbers with little concern for accuracy or agency effectiveness. The Iranian nuclear deal is described as probably the best that could have been done with regard to producing weapons grade material but ignores completely the production of missiles or nuclear devices while freeing up assets to be used in such matters.
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Most authors are great writers but terrible narrators. Gen Hayden is the exception to that rule. Not only is the book's material interesting and well written but his speaking cadence and inflections are great to listen to.
If you have any interest in the US response to 9/11 then this book is written straight from the horse's mouth. It clears up a lot of lies and misinformation out there about what decisions were made, when they were made, who made them and ultimately what drove them to choose the path that they did.
The author admits his mistakes, rightfully (and humbly) points out their successes and appears fairly good at self reflection.
I really enjoyed this book and if Gen Hayden ever runs out of money he could always consider a career as an audiobook narrator... I just love the way he says the word 'decade'.