The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton

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11 Critic Reviews

Indifferently written but nonetheless fascinating glimpse into the CIA’s most secret—and secretive—department.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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.
 

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HENRY A . CRUMPTON is the president of Crumpton Group, LLC, a strategic international advisory and business development firm. With the rank of ambassador at large, he served as the coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from August 2005 until February 2007. Crumpton joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981 and spent most of his twenty-four-year career working undercover in the foreign field. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the CIA's highest award for achievement. Crumpton received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a master's, with honors, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
 
Published May 14, 2012 by Penguin Books. 346 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2012

Indifferently written but nonetheless fascinating glimpse into the CIA’s most secret—and secretive—department.

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WSJ online

Excellent
Reviewed by Sue Terry on May 17 2012

Mr. Crumpton's memoir is a compelling account...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.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Joseph C. Goulden on Jun 20 2012

His book, which I recommend as a must-read for current and aspiring intelligence officers, delves heavily into the ethics and methodology of spying.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Tina Jordan on May 18 2012

In The Art of Intelligence, Crumpton's telling just what he wants to tell — or has been cleared to tell. Nothing more.

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The Washington Post

Excellent
Reviewed by Peter Finn on May 25 2012

...is a lively account of his 24-year career in the CIA that charts one of the most significant legacies of the past decade of warfare: the rise of drones.

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San Francisco Chronicle

Excellent
Reviewed by Jeff Stein on May 27 2012

...it's disturbing to hear such a highly regarded former counterterrorism official expound on why al Qaeda hates us - and get it so wrong:

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International Affairs Review

Excellent
Reviewed by Bradley Martin on Jun 18 2012

As a whole, the book is a great contribution to analysis of the CIA’s role during the War in Afghanistan after the attacks of 9/11.

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BlackFive

Good
Jun 21 2012

The main focus of the Art of Intelligence is Crumpton’s analysis of the special conditions, urgency, and success of the Afghanistan mission shortly after September 11th. If for no other reason the book should be read for these chapters.

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Noisy Room

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Reviewed by TMH on Jun 23 2012

Not only do you get to read about spy-craft and all it entails, the author goes into thoughtful consideration of warfare and the future of terrorism.

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The Archaeologist's Guide to the Galaxy

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Reviewed by Thomas Evans on Aug 16 2012

To that end, it was a fascinating read that gives insights into the real world of spying in the modern era.

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Reviewed by Jerry Sutton on May 28 2012

The “Art of Intelligence” was a very enjoyable and informative read

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