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The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service | [Henry A. Crumpton]

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

A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert here 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. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Henry Crumpton's espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America's spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever.
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Publisher's Summary

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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    Gregory Darien, CT, United States 05-19-12
    Gregory Darien, CT, United States 05-19-12
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    "tedious"
    Would you try another book from Henry A. Crumpton and/or David Colocci?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Henry A. Crumpton again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about David Colocci’s performance?

    the attitude is one of false innocence, of surprise at worldly things


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Art of Intelligence?

    the first chapters


    Any additional comments?

    I have only started listening, so this review may be unfair. However, the book is very slow and wordy. It makes me wonder if it was ghostwritten. It is flat and devoid of texture. And I have to say that the author's characterization of the Valerie Plame outing is tendentious and political. He ascribes her unveiling as a CIA agent as due to people on George W Bush's staff. This is only true if you take the view that everybody in the Executive Branch is "on Bush's staff." It is well-known that Plame's unveiling was due to a comment by Richard Armitage at the State Department and that the CIA did not wave off the columnist when it was queried by him. The characterization of the unveiling as coming from Bush's staff and Libby's conviction for perjury as a confirmation of this is simply political cant. And this interpretation is coming from an INTELLIGENCE officer who presumably deals in nuance. It destroyed the believability of the book for me.

    16 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    JACK Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-25-12
    JACK Cincinnati, OH, United States 06-25-12
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    "Don't even think about it."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Very hard to say


    What could Henry A. Crumpton have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not such a high oppinion of himself.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Colacci?

    David Colacci was was a good narrator


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Big Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I could not finish the adible book it seem to just drag on.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    AJ Loomis, CA, United States 01-13-13
    AJ Loomis, CA, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great book by Hank Crumpton with well described personal history. For those interested in the intelligence community, this book offers what seems to be an honest look into the CIA from the prism of a career clandestine service officer.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Tujunga, CA, United States 09-24-12
    Gary Tujunga, CA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2001
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    "CIA by the CIA"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe


    Would you be willing to try another book from Henry A. Crumpton? Why or why not?

    No, What else would he know?


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    Great reading. Good emphasis and not too fast.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It is what one would expect a CIA guy to say and the same kind of info you hear on CNN and the rest of the corporate owned news folks.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John E Bowman Jr Ashburn, VA United States 09-07-12
    John E Bowman Jr Ashburn, VA United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Awesome"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this to the listener who wants to learn about the CIA.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Henry Crumpton's knowledge from his experiences within the CIA were the most compelling


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    This isn't applicable.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Howard ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 08-31-12
    Howard ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, United States 08-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Lessons"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Intelligence to be better than the print version?

    Maybe


    What did you like best about this story?

    It answers some questions about his profession.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Added a litlle more emotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to all adults.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Dallas, OR 08-27-12
    Mike Dallas, OR 08-27-12 Member Since 2002
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    "The Art of Intelligence from someone on the inside"

    Crumpton tells it like it is! He's been on the inside, and knows what it's like to pursue the knowledge we need with undaunted courage!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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