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This was a refreshing, somewhat alternative view, of the CIA and its history that contrasts with many of the other recently released books on the subject. If you read "Legacy of Ashes" by the NY Times' Tim Weiner, or George Tenet's "At the Center of the Storm," you owe it to yourself to read (listen) to this book.
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This book reads as if it was written as a Ghost Writer from a high ranking official of the Current Administration. They lay the blame for everything that could possibly have happen politically at the hands of the CIA. Paranoia, blame, actions gone wrong but foremost paranoia of one of the greatest defense agencies in the world. The fact that the CIA was stripped of agents in the country of Iraq during the Clinton administration due to a traitor releasing the names of all agents active in the area has been well documented and the person prosecuted for it was not brought out and was quoted as "a lack of definite hard intelligence" in the decision making. Instead the CIA received the blame for every mistake that the Current Administration has unlawfully done in that area.
Obvious transfer of blame for unlawful acts by this Administration to our greatest asset in the international defense agency stands out in the book. This book reads to me as if written by the present Administration to unload their quick "weekend decisions" to commit every unlawful act they have done and lay the blame elsewhere and anywhere they can.
I'm not convinced of the facts having read other accounts in the news and from other authors, nor convinced of the lack of peoples rights to tell their side of the stories "While the Current Administration is in Office".
I find this book very politically motivated and the author finds fault in people in past power's rights to avoid the obvious pending blame from others by writing their sides of the story backed up with facts in many books and news articles quoted here while as the author points out "the President is still in office", beating the Administration in the "political blame game" which seems to have upset this author. That seemed to be the underlying theme to this book. Other writers didn't have the freedom to publish while the present Administration is in office, instead of allowing their facts to stand on their own rights.
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