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
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
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.
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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This book blew me away. Crumpton is a skilled writer, which is a cherished talent amongst officers in the CIA who must often explain complex situations and actors through the medium of written report. The story, of both Crumpton's service and of the overarching intelligence/foreign security policy, is revealing and instrumental in demonstrating that the intelligence service requires much more than spycraft. It requires a good deal of open mindedness, cultural acceptance, and broad, inclusive perspective. A must read for any looking to someday work for the State Department or CIA.
This was an extremely well written book by an expert in the field. I would consider it a must if you are interested in the subject matter, especially the development of the US drone program.
I am a Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist with specialities in Auto Immune, PTSD, ADHD, Cancer, and Autism. I focus on very difficult cases.
The story. The narrator spoked as if you and he were in a living room or a den simply having a wonderful conversation.
The narrator was the main character and the storyline really doesn't use other characters as anything other than additional decoration to the story line.
The book is almost presented as a debriefing transcript.
I liked the entire story and the "factual way it was presented." If however, I was not truly interested in the subject, I would never have finished it. Most of the narration is presented in a monotone and the other characters are very flat. Mr. Colacci's performance would be greatly enhanced if he performed the story with his voice rather than presenting it in a "give me the facts, just the facts."
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