Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.
I love to read memoirs of those who played leading roles in history.
Well spoken, clear and interesting.
General Pervez Musharraf's coming to Jesus moment when Tenet said, " We stole these nuclear weapon blueprints from AQ Khan, and he stole them from you." WOW, that was gold!
It's a perspective that really needed to be told. Mr. Tenet demonstrates clearly what he was faced with and gave some incredible insight that only he could know. However, some aspects were designed with a formal defense in mind...I can't blame him. He took a lot of heat.
In the beginning of the book he mentioned that he would talk openly and fairly about his successes and failures. By the end of the book I was still looking for the "failure" he mention, I was expecting an act of contrition...a coming to Jesus moment about his part in the problem of WMD intelligence. There was none of it. Somehow I feel cheated but I did find the book interesting, well organized, and quickly paced.
Read it, it's a SLAM DUNK!
Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.
George Tenant has written a valuable book. The trials and tribulations of CIA administrators and line officers is well illustrated along with the mistrust, competition and difficulties that plague the intellligence communities and which put the country at risk.
This is not a general 'spy' tale, athough there are some anecdotal references. Tenant's long tenure and the 'lofty' position gives authority to this book.
Recommended reading (and not in the least bit boring)
Arthur Morey is usually a very good narrator, but in this book, he did something that made listening to him painful. He tried out 4 or 5 pronounciations of Al Qaeda, sometimes in three consecutive sentences. He finally settled on the most annoying pronounciation, AL-KAY-EEDA, which, because it was used so often, was extremely distracting.
It was a very interesting account of George Tenet's career. It was also enjoyable to hear "the other side" of what went on in the CIA. Even though you know the end of his story it still kept you listening!
Tenet work here is well done. He spends some time with the Clinton years but most are spent discussing the Bush years and 9/11 and Iraq. Since there are a lot of names to follow, it sometime becomes somewhat confusing, but Tenet comes across and honest, caring and authoritative.