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By George Tenet

From Publishers Weekly Former CIA director guideline leaves the most vocal tasks for this audio within the able fingers of Conger (who additionally lately narrated *The Reagan Diaries*). but in studying either the short advent and lengthy-but hugely compelling-afterword, guiding principle demonstrates a command of the spoken be aware that makes one ask yourself why he didn't deal with his personal narration. despite the fact that, the 2 males undertaking a suitable type and tone, conveying deeply own emotion in the barriers of professionalism and decorum. guideline doesn't draw back from acknowledging his personal accountability in controversies related to terrorism and the Iraq struggle, yet he additionally takes a number of key political leaders to activity for scapegoating the intelligence group within the wake of unpopular coverage. The musical interludes firstly and finish of every CD serve to keep up the cloak and dagger atmosphere. those that wish to skim the outside of reports occasions may perhaps locate the size taxing, yet listeners able to circulate past the headlines and right into a wider global of nuanced complexity should be greater than chuffed. Copyright © Reed company details, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist guideline, former director of the CIA, has eventually brought his long-anticipated booklet. It was once imagined to supply historical past and perception into the occasions of September eleven in addition to the lead-up (and cave in) of the Iraq warfare. yet such a lot readers will locate that Tenet's hodgepodge of evidence tangled with homey anecdotes, excuses, and mea culpas will go away them as pressured as ever. Alternately offering himself because the folksy Greek American child from Queens and the high-charging strength dealer, guiding principle is happy with the numerous issues the CIA did correct less than his cost, resembling disrupting terrorist assaults top as much as 11th of September (while, after all, lacking the large one), and he writes feverishly approximately successes in Afghanistan and in different places throughout the making an attempt months in a while. The publication is at its most sensible portray simply how harmful, complicated, and arduous these days have been. Then comes the distraction from terrorism that was once Iraq, and in keeping with guiding principle, universal goal disappeared in Washington, and interagency war reigned. Cheney comes out having a look undesirable, and Rice worse, yet a lot of the blame for the ill-preparedness is going to the marginally lower-level neocons: Wolfowitz, Libby, et al. As for the president, guiding principle likes him––a lot. yet in a telling few pages, Bush retains attempting to get neocon favourite Ahmed Chalabi off the payroll, and not anyone will pay a bit recognition to him. Turning those pages is like strolling via mirrors. Cooper, Ilene *Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved*

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Efraim Halevy, director of the Mossad, the Israeli foreign intelligence service (2000–2002). Yitzhak Mordechai, defense minister (1996–1999). Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel (1996–1999). Shimon Peres, prime minister of Israel (1984–1986, 1995–1996). Yitzhak Rabin, prime minister of Israel (1974–1977, 1992–1995). Ariel Sharon, prime minister of Israel (2001–2006). PALESTINIANS Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organizaton (PLO) (1969–2004), president of the Palestinian National Authority (1993–2004).

And from where I sat, I saw the tidal wave of terrorism building. From where I sat, I also saw a small group of underfunded and lonely warriors swimming against this tide—out there all alone, warning, deterring, disrupting, and attempting to destroy a worldwide movement operating in nearly seventy countries and bent on our destruction. This is the story of how we saw the threat, what we did about it, what was proposed and not done, how our thinking evolved, and why the men and women of the Central Intelligence Agency were ready with a plan of action to respond forcefully to the loss of three thousand American and foreign lives.

Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of Coalition Ground Forces (2003–2004). AL-QA ’IDA Mohammed Atef, an Egyptian, al-Qa’ida’s number three man; killed in an air strike in Afghanistan in 2001. Mohammed Atta, an Egyptian, ringleader of the 9/11 plot; killed on 9/11. S. citizen, believed to have recruited the “Lackawanna Six” to become al-Qa’ida supporters; killed by a missile strike in Yemen in 2002. Hambali, an Indonesian, leader of the Jemaah Islamiya, a Sunni extremist organization based in Southeast Asia; captured in Thailand in 2003.

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