The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service

By Henry A Crumpton
A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career
Revelatory and groundbreaking, The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. -Hank- Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post-9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role--in the battlefield and in the Oval Office--in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.

Crumpton's narrative, especially when chronicling the response to the 9/11 attacks, moves like a thriller, presenting a story of ingenuity and courage under fire a compelling account of the changes that have allowed the CIA to fight the war on terror with unprecedented resources and success. There is no doubt that the CIA will in the future have to devote more resources to intelligence gathering. The agency should apply to its traditional operations the same ruthless, results-oriented ethos that Mr. Crumpton and his colleagues applied to fighting al Qaeda. The Wall Street Journal "A lively account...combines the derring-do of old-fashioned spycraft with thoughtful meditations on the future of warfare and intelligence work. It deserves to be read." The Washington Post Offer[s] an exceptionally deep glimpse into the CIA s counterterrorism operations in the last decade of the twentieth century. Harper s [A] colorful inside account. San Francisco Chronicle Hank Crumpton s riveting account of his life in the CIA and the run up to the war in Afghanistan is a treasure for every citizen who wants to know the sacrifices, courage and strategic vision of the clandestine services in war and peace. Tom Brokaw The Art of Intelligence reflects the character of its author: Honest, smart, direct and impressive. Crumpton offers important new insights into the C.I.A. s role in the Taliban s overthrow in 2001, as well as a wider portrait of modern intelligence that is frank and compelling. Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars "[A] fascinating glimpse into the CIA s most secret and secretive department." Kirkus"


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Publisher Penguin Books
Publish date 04/30/2013
Pages 338
ISBN-13 9780143123378
ISBN-10 0143123378
Language English

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