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Richard

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  • Inside the C.I.A.

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ronald Kessler
    • Narrated By Chris Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (33)

    Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active directors of Central Intelligence, William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates, and with three former D.C.I.s, Inside the C.I.A. is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency's core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes.

    Greg says: "Pre- 9/11 look at CIA's strengths and weaknesses"
    "Underwhelmed"
    Overall

    While there was a lot of good material in this book, I'm not sure I'd recommend it:

    1. The reader for this book was poor, and had difficulty pronouncing words

    2. Kessler's writing is pretty repetitive. Seriously, I counted six times that we're reminded of the fact that we don't spy on Great Britain or Australia, and several other facts are repeated to a ridiculous degree.

    3. Kessler also has a tendency to wander off on off-topic tangents, such as almost 10 minutes discussing the shortcomings of late Soviet era hotels, which really doesn't have anything to do with the CIA

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