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The Art of Intelligence Audiobook

The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

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A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America's intelligence officers and their secret missions.

For a crucial period, Henry Crumpton led the CIA's global covert operations against America's terrorist enemies, including al Qaeda. In the days after 9/11, the CIA tasked Crumpton to organize and lead the Afghanistan campaign. With Crumpton's strategic initiative and bold leadership, from the battlefield to the Oval Office, U.S. and Afghan allies routed al Qaeda and the Taliban in less than 90 days after the Twin Towers fell. At the height of combat against the Taliban in late 2001, there were fewer than 500 Americans on the ground in Afghanistan, a dynamic blend of CIA and Special Forces. The campaign changed the way America wages war. This book will change the way America views the CIA.

The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. From his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from loathsome criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, he employs enthralling storytelling to teach important lessons about national security, but also about duty, honor, and love of country.

No book like The Art of Intelligence has ever been written - not with Crumpton's unique perspective, in a time when America faced such grave and uncertain risk. It is an epic, sure to be a classic in the annals of espionage and war.

©2012 Henry A. Crumpton (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Robert 12-30-16
    Robert 12-30-16 Member Since 2008
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    "An overview of what the role of CIA can be"

    Let me start by saying the narration was fine although I bumped the speed up because it was rather slow.

    This book is not a series of daring CIA covert Ops if that is what you are looking for. It does have a few references to that, however, it is more about how the CIA collect intelligence, what type of intelligence it collects, how it should and could have been used, both in the past and going forward.

    There are some slams on Rumsfeld and in the FBI's direction, but not to be unexpected given the author's experience and the different focus of those entities than CIA.

    The book ends as the author moves into the State Department so his years there are not covered.

    This is a glowing account. I can't recall any significant criticism of CIA in it, for what it is worth.

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    John Scott 12-08-16
    John Scott 12-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent - Easy 5 Stars x3"

    This is probably the best Audible book I've listened to since I subscribed about 3 years ago. I've always had great respect for those who serve in our (US) military. This book caused me to realize that the "employees" of the CIA are just as deserving of that respect. An exciting journey!!!

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    Callum Davenport-Lambton california 06-28-16
    Callum Davenport-Lambton california 06-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very interesting, yet falls short of expectations."

    very interesting topic. author was a little to brief on the topics I found most interesting and left out details about trade craft I was hoping would be included.

    I am not sure I really like the way the narrator read the book.

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    AAJN 04-23-16
    AAJN 04-23-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good"

    I greatly enjoyed this. The author is more of an unwitting chauvinist than I would have liked but otherwise I thought it was really great.

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    Chris Ryan Los Angeles, CA 04-15-16
    Chris Ryan Los Angeles, CA 04-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Substantive, yet novelistic memoir. Outstanding"

    Ignore most of the negative comments, because Crumpton shares as much as he can without compromising security, and he does it in such a way that the reader is simultaneously entertained and informed. One commentor was upset about the use of unknown acronyms and terms, but the author defines each acronym the first time it's used, and if you can't figure out some terms based on context or your own experience then perhaps you should start somewhere else.

    I was thrilled to hear about his journey pursuing a career at CIA, and once there how he and his colleagues bounded uncertainty to solve new problems. He pulls no punches when it comes to clashes with adversaries, both overseas and here in our own government. Excellent book; and the narrator is great although I played it at 1.35X

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    Aaron Hemmer 03-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Must Read On Counterterrorism"

    Really enjoyed this book from cover to cover. Offers great insight into CIA operations, the Afghanistan war on terror, and the politics affecting America's war on terrorism. Also offers a great critique into how the war on terrorism is often mismanaged on various fronts, especially by those who fail to realize the conflict is non-traditional, having an emphasis on non-state actors.

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    Kodi Maverick California 02-10-16
    Kodi Maverick California 02-10-16

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    "loved it. so much insight"

    a beautiful wonderful weaving of art. tells the value of intelligence in an ever evolving world.

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    Amazon Customer 01-03-16
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    "VERY INFORMATIVE!"

    Loved this auible book, it is as extremely informative, a must read or listen for anyone curious about international politics!

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    Chandler 10-30-15
    Chandler 10-30-15
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    "the art of intelligence"

    it is a great book but because of its pure facts and accuracy it can at times be a little dry. very informative.

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    Matthew Hedlund 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Engaging story - interesting insights"

    I'm very much interested in military history, and this was a unique view into CIA operations and the initial war in Afghanistan post-9/11.

    I found the story very engaging, so much so that I finished this audiobook in three days.

    Definitely recommended for anyone who's interested in the intelligence services & military history.

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