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At the Center of the Storm Audiobook

At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA

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In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad. With unparalleled knowledge and breadth, Tenet illuminates how the country was prepared, and in some respects was not prepared, to deal with a world full of new and deadly threats.

Beginning with his installation as director of Central Intelligence in 1997, Tenet unfolds the momentous events that led up to 9/11: his declaration of war on Al Qa'ida, his worldwide operational plan to fight terror, his warnings to White House officials, and the plan for a response laid down just six days after the attack. Tenet also reveals the CIA's efforts since 9/11 to hunt down the fugitive members of Al Qa'ida's leadership.

In his gripping narrative of the run-up to the war in Iraq, Tenet provides fresh insights and background, including a privileged account of how the famous "sixteen words" made it into the president's State of the Union speech, the real context of his own now-famous "slam-dunk" comment, and the CIA's views of the rise of an Iraqi insurgency. Finally, as the country digs in for a prolonged war, he gives his thoughts on how we can forge a more secure world.

©2007 George Tenet; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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    A. M. 08-23-14
    A. M. 08-23-14

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    Where does At the Center of the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love to read memoirs of those who played leading roles in history.


    What about Arthur Morey’s performance did you like?

    Well spoken, clear and interesting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


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    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!

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    Anne Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 08-27-13
    Anne Richmond, British Columbia, Canada 08-27-13

    Avid general reader with a fondness for British and Irish Writers and world history.

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    "Finally! A good representation of the CIA"

    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)

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    Judith 04-16-13
    Judith 04-16-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "How many ways can you pronounce "Al Qaeda"?"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Arthur Morey’s performances?

    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.


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    C. F. jamestown NY 06-02-08
    C. F. jamestown NY 06-02-08 Member Since 2014
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    "great book!"

    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!

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    Todd Biela Monaca, PA USA 07-04-07
    Todd Biela Monaca, PA USA 07-04-07 Listener Since 2005
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    "Interesting listen for the most part"

    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.

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