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You can never read just one book on a subject. Two or three and maybe you can triangulate something resembling the truth. I would reccommend Baer's work as something of a unique perspective among the endless string of books about American intelligence. Anyone who has worked for, or had close dealings with any government agency will recognize the struggle between those honestly trying to serve the nation's interests and the bureaucrats only interested in their careers. I give it only four stars because the author has a habit of digressing into a tirade when particularly annoyed by the facts he relates.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
This is an excellent book.
I used to believe that we have always done our best as a country to protect ourselves; then I hear a clear, detailed, well narrated and consistent book like this one, and it makes me want to believe the book must be wrong. I mean, we're the good guys, right? The book may make one exclaim, "Say it ain't so!" But it is so.
The book discusses in detail how we dropped the ball and invited disaster by closing our eyes so we "See No Evil." It also lays out just how evil Iran-Contra was and how it facilitated the 9/11 attacks. But there is plenty of blame to go around and the book is very harsh on Clinton as well.
This book covers similar material as another from the same author "Sleeping with the Devil." Both lay out the true price we pay for oil.
If you as a reader do NOT want to know how we are our own worst enemy, do not read this book; you won't believe it anyway. For the rest of us who want to know more about what is being kept secret from us "for our own good," this is a must read.
And then listen to "Sleeping with the Enemy."
If you dare.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
Interesting insight into world of CIA. Easy to digest, page turner.
Clearly has a political agenda to push, but this is part of the book.
This is the story of an organisation slowly losing its way. The process is slow, but inexorable. It's a horrifying warning of what happens when those that want power for power's sake end up in command.