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