Drawing on his own personal experience, as well as interviews with living presidents, Turner takes us into the White House and shares with us an intimate view of the inner working of our government's intelligence agency. There has never been a time when the relationship between the president and the head of the CIA has been so scrutinized or so relevant to our government policy. This book concludes with a blueprint for reorganizing the intelligence community and strengthening the relationship between the CIA and the president.
©2005 Admiral Stansfield Turner and Allen Mikaelian; (P)2005 Tantor Media, Inc.
"A sound analysis of where the CIA needs to go." (Bob Woodward)
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
Anytime a former DCI recommends the abolishment of the CIA you’ve got to think he’s really trying to find a serious solution to a real problem. The trouble is that he’s too earnest, both the left and the right will attack him on political grounds. It’s sad that we live in times where the nation is so polarized.
His history of the CIA is fascinating. Hard-core conservatives will notice that he omits the successes of the CIA’s “war” in Afghanistan during the Soviet Innovation and that he downplays the failures of his own tenure as CID. Also he doesn’t much like the “knuckle draggers”. But he is telling a story about how the organizational structure of the inelegance community affects the type of job they do. I found the omissions mostly unimportant to this story, too bad that they can easily be interpreted as bias.
So just accept that he has a little bias. It’s a story about him and who doesn’t have some bias about themselves. But his bias is small and doesn’t undermine his points.
I like the facts int his book, but it was very dry. I almost think a text book could have been made more exciting. But I did love the information.
He was very monotone, and there was little excitement or even anger in his voice.
An outstanding and inciteful look at the office of DCI(Director, Central Intellegence), the men who held it and their strengths and weaknesses.
A history of the CIA, an interesting subject, written by Admiral Turner, Director of Central Intelligence from the Carter Administration. Written/told in a predictably bureauocratic manner with his own personal prejudices showing. But he's human like the rest of us. If you're interested in the subject, (as I am) it's not a bad book.
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