Let me start by saying the narration was fine although I bumped the speed up because it was rather slow.
This book is not a series of daring CIA covert Ops if that is what you are looking for. It does have a few references to that, however, it is more about how the CIA collect intelligence, what type of intelligence it collects, how it should and could have been used, both in the past and going forward.
There are some slams on Rumsfeld and in the FBI's direction, but not to be unexpected given the author's experience and the different focus of those entities than CIA.
The book ends as the author moves into the State Department so his years there are not covered.
This is a glowing account. I can't recall any significant criticism of CIA in it, for what it is worth.
This is probably the best Audible book I've listened to since I subscribed about 3 years ago. I've always had great respect for those who serve in our (US) military. This book caused me to realize that the "employees" of the CIA are just as deserving of that respect. An exciting journey!!!
very interesting topic. author was a little to brief on the topics I found most interesting and left out details about trade craft I was hoping would be included.
I am not sure I really like the way the narrator read the book.
Ignore most of the negative comments, because Crumpton shares as much as he can without compromising security, and he does it in such a way that the reader is simultaneously entertained and informed. One commentor was upset about the use of unknown acronyms and terms, but the author defines each acronym the first time it's used, and if you can't figure out some terms based on context or your own experience then perhaps you should start somewhere else.
I was thrilled to hear about his journey pursuing a career at CIA, and once there how he and his colleagues bounded uncertainty to solve new problems. He pulls no punches when it comes to clashes with adversaries, both overseas and here in our own government. Excellent book; and the narrator is great although I played it at 1.35X
Really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Offers great insight into CIA operations, the Afghanistan war on terror, and the politics affecting America's war on terrorism. Also offers a great critique into how the war on terrorism is often mismanaged on various fronts, especially by those who fail to realize the conflict is non-traditional, having an emphasis on non-state actors.
I'm very much interested in military history, and this was a unique view into CIA operations and the initial war in Afghanistan post-9/11.
I found the story very engaging, so much so that I finished this audiobook in three days.
Definitely recommended for anyone who's interested in the intelligence services & military history.