I am not interested in IT but have always been curious about what makes a hacker tick. The book provided pretty good insight into their world. The social engineering concept is creative and at times genius. Unfortunately overall the main character is disappointing and pathetic because he is so very intelligent and wasted his God given talents on hacking.
Everything he does is justified and he expresses no remorse for his continual invasions of privacy. In the end everything is peaches and cream because he has joined the club.
Overall the book did answer but question of who and why but I didn't like the answer and the book had way to many unnecessary numbers and hacker technical stuff. Way too much.
Bland...nothing new...thought I might get some insight into DC....instead just a bunch of wanta bes...way to much kiss ass....author had favorites he wanted to look good so he wouldn't miss that next party invite...
It would have to be done by " Anonymous"....so you would get real reporting without fear of retaliation
cared about none
way to negative....
not an issue
I love to travel....I don't need a lecture on the evils of travel...
One of the top five
A Legacy of Ashes/Enemies A History of the FBI both by Tim Weiner. Both books give you an look into the cultures of the Intelligence Agencies. I know many of the men and women of the CIA risked their lives daily but the CIA bureaucrats cannot continue to lie and coverup their incompetence. As the FBI Agent warned the CIA pre 9/11 that by not providing photos and information on known AQ terrorist in American they will be responsible for the attack. Outrageous behavior by the CIA. Add to that the CIA's torture of terror suspects was the "wrong thing to do" as recently stated by CIA Deputy Director on 60 minutes. Bravo!
Ali was vindicated......
Ali's battle of wits with the terrorist suspects....also when the FBI stuck to their guns that there was no evidence/link between Saddam and AQ....even when pressured by the White House....
The CIA's failure to provide information to the FBI on the 9/11 terrorist traveling to the US pre 9/11, their use of torture and their subsequent cover up. Very upsetting .
This is a book about those in the trenches including FBI, and CIA and the military who put their lives at risk in the most dangerous places. Ali stated his case clearly and I hope lessons are learned.
Author supposedely is a former CiA officer but is silly and illogical with his romance story, leaps of credibility and BEYOND BELIEF heros murderous fights....Everybody is an idiot except for CIA
Nothing...I expected insight into a CIA agent and got NONE
Informative, interesting and practical
I've read most of the books on body language and I found this one to be the most informative with tips on how to put the theory into practice. The author does a great job of pointing out that every nervous reaction is not necessarily a sign of deception.
In the first part of the book the author takes us thru a history of Bin Laden, Al Qaeda and 9/11. He refers to the NSA, CIA and FBI as the three stooges, idiots and incompents. BTW, today in the news the incompetents at the CIA were able to foil an airline bomb plot. In a similar way, the idiots at the FBI have foiled several terrorist plots since 9/11.
Even though FBI Director Mueller held his position for a month prior to 9/11 the author refers to him as a political hack who got his appointment thru political connections, ignoring his service in Vietnam as a Marine in a Rifle Platoon and his extensive background as a Federal Prosecutor in criminal cases. In addition, the author accuses the FBI of ignoring the 9/11 warning signs due to "political correctness". Strange he never blames President Bush for anything.
I guess he didn't read The Looming Tower; The Road to 9/11, a well researched book that explained the problems of 9/11. Being an avid reader, I appreciate when an author does his homework to provide an accurate history, instead of calling people names. If you want to read the best book written on 9/11, including a history of Al Qaeda, read the Looming Tower. The author's book is poorly researched and filled with unsubstantiated speculations.
We all admire the great job the SEALS did in Pakistan but the author distracts from that by by his pathetic name calling and obvious lack of homework. His last section on the raid would make a nice magazine article and a tribute to the brave and competent SEALS.
The speaker talked way too fast...felt I was speed listening with no time to absorb the info. Book has way to many facts, numbers and percentages...add in speed reading equals low rating. Disappointing as I am really interested in subject matter.
A few interesting tid bids but for the most part but rambling and disjointed. The heavy British accent makes it somewhat difficult to follow.
This book went on and on about minutia...cut in half makes a much better read
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