The President's Book of Secrets

  • by David Priess
  • Narrated by Jason Culp
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Every president has had a unique and complicated relationship with the intelligence community. While some have been coolly distant, even adversarial, others have found their intelligence agencies to be among the most valuable instruments of policy and power.
Since John F. Kennedy's presidency, this relationship has been distilled into a personalized daily report: a short summary of what the intelligence apparatus considers the most crucial information for the president to know that day about global threats and opportunities. This top-secret document is known as the President's Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, simply "the Book". Presidents have spent anywhere from a few moments (Richard Nixon) to a healthy part of their day (George W. Bush) consumed by its contents; some (Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush) consider it far and away the most important document they saw on a regular basis while commander in chief.
The details of most PDBs are highly classified and will remain so for many years. But the process by which the intelligence community develops and presents the Book is a fascinating look into the operation of power at the highest levels. David Priess, a former intelligence officer and daily briefer, has interviewed every living former president and vice president as well as more than 100 others intimately involved with the production and delivery of the president's book of secrets. He offers an unprecedented window into the decision making of every president from Kennedy to Obama, with many character-rich stories revealed here for the first time.

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About CIA | Not What I was Hoping For

I cant recall if I read the dam summary or not, regardless, I was hoping for some juicy government secrets (sshhhhh!)

This book did a great job on telling the story centered around a publication delivered to the Presidents over the decades, however it was more about the CIA than anything else.

No juicy secrets uncovered, just a history over the PDB's evolution.

Would I out right recommend this book to anyone? Hahaha...NO!

Are you a history buff and find anything about the guvment interesting? Well then, this book is right up your alley.

Although it was disappointing on the basis that this book was not what I was expecting, this should not discount the fact that the author did a good job showing the reader (or listener) on a very narrow subject matter such as the PDB, how it transformed throughout the years & how different personalities shaped the document even through criticism at the highest level of guvment (POTUS).
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- Brian

about the report and nothing but the report

Extremely limited book tells you who liked the report, who didn't like it, how the report changed form in ridiculous detail. If you want to see the presidency through a soda straw with this stupid report always in the foreground, go ahead and get it.

Oh...don't expect to see or read one though! They let Putin read one but not us! Lol.
Waist of time.
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- Michael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios