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

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

by Henry A. Crumpton
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The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a memoir, per se, but an educational and often entertaining study of CIA intelligence tradecraft. Crumpton addresses why people spy and how the CIA case officer does it, illustrated with stories from his career and those of others. This is a real insider's perspective and a fast read.
AlamoGary More than 1 year ago
Crumpton describes many of the day to day activities of a unilateral case officer. I thought that his continual use of 'operations officer' when referring to himself was a little overblown as all case officers perform operational tasks. If you're looking for an exciting adventure story, stay away. If you want an inside look at how clandestine intelligence (and counter intelligence) works, this is a great read.
bibliophileTR More than 1 year ago
excellent comparison of the CIA with investigative arms of state, local, and federal agencies. Very excellent personnel working for the CIA. Anyone doubting the need for the CIA should read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible. The action never stops. You also get a great look inside the world of the CIA, which doesn't happen very often. It's very realistic as well, and after reading this I get more of a feel for the War on Terror and the people and struggles involved. The timeline through out the book is a bit odd but not too hard to follow. It's very fast paced and I couldn't put it down. It's definitely a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading several chapters I find it a struggle to keep reading! I end each chapter with more questions than answers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author Crumpton packs the book with his own bragging over his status as being a top-secret agent and the authority given to him for this...to an extent that I was tired of reading further. If he wants to be really secret, he should not have written any book on this subject. I cannot recommend this book to anyone who hates to hear someone bragging about him- or herself.
Dugi More than 1 year ago
I was expecting more out of this book, especially after seeing Hank Crumpton interviewed on "60 Minutes". However, it's rather poorly written and frankly, not that interesting.
Anonymous 4 days ago
This book describes an undercover cia career and goes through his promotions to "9/11and afgnanistan. A lot of the experiences are typical of any cia career memoir. The thing I dont like cis the author is so arrogant about his agency he thinks they have the solutions to everything. This type of bureaucratic fighting with the fbi and other agencies is exactly whats wrong with government. Sadly, the author shows nothing changed. He also seems to have a dreamy view about fixing afghanistan and other world problems. Overall the book is okay. It would have been much better minus the ego and unwillingness to admit the agency shortcomings. Too rosy of a picture for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is different from all the other books written about the CIA
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Many interesting insights into the author's career which gave me a better understanding of the CIA. Maybe some of our gifted politicians should read and understand what people like Hank Crumpton do on a day-to-day basis that keep our country safe.
Mrs_Y More than 1 year ago
Considering I am a layperson, I was thrilled to see Mr. Crumpton also started his career in a nonlinear way. The book is interesting to read, filled with bits of life and action. It has also given me a much deeper view into the life of a patriot. I understand now, more fully the function of the CIA compared to the FBI. It has motivated me to search out and read other documents written by Intelligence. Now when I pick up the newspaper, I understand more fully the implications where the CIA is mentioned. A must read for the intelligent citizen of the USA!
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Well written and informative. Difficult to put down.
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fatbac1k More than 1 year ago
The service being selective can not be political. The book as written gives the situations and the effect of politics on an orginisation that can not be political and still protect the country.
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murycki More than 1 year ago
I didn't know that the CIA was all about information gathering and making assumptions on what is going to happen. Crumpton does a great job within the realm of constraints to explain what he did as an operative for the CIA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written, inside view of the CIA service from an insider's point of view. I could not put it down. Highly recommend it for some great non-fiction reading
SgtMac More than 1 year ago
This American hero who was in the mix or lead in every major scenario in our war with AQ. He is a brilliant man with a willingness to share his life with us. His depth of knowledge and intelligence jumps off the page at every turn as we read of his successful life and career.
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