the attitude is one of false innocence, of surprise at worldly things
the first chapters
I have only started listening, so this review may be unfair. However, the book is very slow and wordy. It makes me wonder if it was ghostwritten. It is flat and devoid of texture. And I have to say that the author's characterization of the Valerie Plame outing is tendentious and political. He ascribes her unveiling as a CIA agent as due to people on George W Bush's staff. This is only true if you take the view that everybody in the Executive Branch is "on Bush's staff." It is well-known that Plame's unveiling was due to a comment by Richard Armitage at the State Department and that the CIA did not wave off the columnist when it was queried by him. The characterization of the unveiling as coming from Bush's staff and Libby's conviction for perjury as a confirmation of this is simply political cant. And this interpretation is coming from an INTELLIGENCE officer who presumably deals in nuance. It destroyed the believability of the book for me.
Very hard to say
Not such a high oppinion of himself.
David Colacci was was a good narrator
I could not finish the adible book it seem to just drag on.
Great book by Hank Crumpton with well described personal history. For those interested in the intelligence community, this book offers what seems to be an honest look into the CIA from the prism of a career clandestine service officer.
No, What else would he know?
Great reading. Good emphasis and not too fast.
It is what one would expect a CIA guy to say and the same kind of info you hear on CNN and the rest of the corporate owned news folks.
I would definitely recommend this to the listener who wants to learn about the CIA.
Henry Crumpton's knowledge from his experiences within the CIA were the most compelling
This isn't applicable.
It answers some questions about his profession.
Added a litlle more emotion.
I recommend this book to all adults.
Crumpton tells it like it is! He's been on the inside, and knows what it's like to pursue the knowledge we need with undaunted courage!