The Art of Intelligence

The Art of Intelligence

Lessons From A Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

Book - 2012
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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 ninety days after the Twin Towers fell. At the height of combat against the Taliban in late 2001, there were fewer than five hundred 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.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781594203343
Branch Call Number: 327 .1273 CRU
Characteristics: 338 p. ;,25 cm

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StarGladiator
Aug 26, 2015

Oh wow, dudes! Like this author must have done a fabulous job when he was with the Agency, since after all, the Taliban attack at will in Afghanistan and Iraq appears to be fairly well occupied by ISIS. Fabulous job, dude! Were you involved, by chance, with that missing $17 billion in Afghanistan? That missing $8.7 billion in Iraq? Hmmmm.....? Any knowledge of the CIA and Unocal arming and financing the Taliban in the 1990s? Hmmmmm? Victor Marchetti was an honest author about the CIA, and at least he never stayed at 5-star hotels and ate at 5-star restaurants while doing extreme renditions! [Which he didn't do.] And great job with al Qaeda, and all those branches everywhere: al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda in Pakistan; al Qaeda in Afghanistan, al Qaeda in Iraq, al Qaeda in Syria, et cetera, and oh yes, al Qaeda on Wall Street!

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