From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against Al Qaeda after September 11.
Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death was the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors.
Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television’s 24, Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America's fiercest foes.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a 31-year career, to being America’s top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as “legal, necessary, and effective interrogation[s]”.
Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA’s efficiency - even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.
©2012 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterror victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness. In this book, he provides concrete details about the value of the Agency's interrogation program of terrorists - a program which thwarted terrorist attacks and has made America safer." (General Michael V. Hayden, USAF [Ret.] Former Director of Central Intelligence)
Huntsville, Alabama. Language and Literature College Faculty.
This book answered many questions I had in a way I haven't encountered in other media and general reporting. It is good to have a deeper understanding of headlines once read.
Rodriguez takes us through his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. A career that included that period of time surrounding September 11, 2001.
In this book you will learn exactly how many were water boarded, who was water boarded and what was gained from it. He also tells us in, no uncertain terms, why enhanced interrogation is needed in this day and age.
This book is a must listen for those who still think war and espionage must be played by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. You will come away with a harsh does of the reality the United States and the rest of the world face today.
This one will hold your interest and it makes the miles go by fast.
The author, in a way that reminds me of John Mcain in his autobiography, is ready to question everyone else's integrity and decisions but never his own. the lack of self criticism takes away from this book. also the bitching about the FBI is pretty tiresome at times
Yes. he's been in a powerful, exclusive position and has experience that puts him in a position to tell us a lot of interesting stuff. the interesting stuff is present but so is some pretty dull stuff
Yes. Not outstanding but he settled in to his narration and didn't show off or impose himself
There are some really interesting and informative sections but Jose spends a little more time than i think he should have done on some pretty uninteresting bugbears he has. It's his autobiography so of course he has the right but if you, like me, are more interested in the job than the man yo might want to skip some sections.
It was amazing story of how an ordinary little boy became the nation's top spy master and his journey to protecting the American people after 9-11. Mr Rodriguez bravely took the fight right to the terrorists front door and gives a peek behind the CIA's curtain. Its about an ordinary man who is tasked with an extraordinary responsibility -
Mr. Pratt did an excellent job to bring depth and personality to all of the players
That it is possible to be a terrorist-hunting super-hero by day, and still host dinner parties and do the whole family thing on nights and weekends. - Amazing!
like all government agencies - its run by bureaucratic people who put covering their own butts ahead of whats best for the people of the United States - which Mr. Rodriguez had to navigate while still keeping the focus on getting the terrorists off the battle field. (its like walking a high-wire without a net- and being forced to juggle bureaucratic chain-saws)
Without Mr. Rodriguez the US would have had several more terrorists attacks on its soil.
Every person in the country would buy this guy a beer if they knew his story.
I have recommended this book to all of my family and friends.
A unique inside story by the person at the sharp end of the CIA's covert intelligence spear.
The struggles between the agency operatives dedicated to their work and the bureaucrats who were more interested in covering their asses.
The narrator was quite good, but I with the author had read it himself. There was a bit of cognitive dissonance because the narrator didn't have the Hispanic accent of the author. Small point, though.
Absolutely a must read for all American patriots. This is a great account on what went on with with the non-existant "tourture" and the men and women who protect this country every day.
It is the real "Mitch Rapp" book.
Excellent recount of the history.
Yes, I listened to the book in one day.
It is comforting that there are still man and women who serve and protect the people not the politicians who spinn facts to support thier own needs.
Appreciate the insight into these type of institutions. Jose's first hand account of the processes the CIA agents went through plus the issues of different political philosophies at different time periods gives a powerful message of the issues agents face.
Great insight on the debate and internal and external battles fought over the detention and interrogation of terrorists.
The author's unapologetic defense of the actions of the CIA and his disdain for those individuals who tried to hide from their decisions or tried to take advantage of the controversy to promote their own agenda.
This book explains clearly how the CIA operates to glean intelligence and maintain the safeguards necessary to insure that detainees are not tortured. All the while doing what is needed to get the intel. that keeps America safe from Radical Islam.
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