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The US Intelligence Community

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  93 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The role of intelligence in US government operations has changed dramatically and is now more critical than ever to domestic security and foreign policy. This authoritative and highly researched book provides a detailed overview of America's vast intelligence empire—its organizations, its operations (from spies on the ground to satellites thousands of miles in space), and ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Westview Press (first published 1985)
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Apr 23, 2014 Chad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I went on a kick of spy/intelligence books last year, and bought this one as part of it. As it turns out, this book appears to be a textbook for at least a 300 or 400 level government class. It goes into painstaking detail about the names of departments, delineation of responsibilities, history of who merged into what and so on. I wouldn't have bought this book without taking a class that needed it if I hadn't realized, although I did learn a huge amount of detail by reading it.
Jun 27, 2010 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: waste-of-my-time
I had to read this for a college course. Basically this is a cut and paste of different sources, with absolutely no flow from paragraph to paragraph or original thought. Every time I tried to read it I would be overcome by an overwhelming desire to close my eyes and sleep. I highly recommend this book to insomniacs or people who gather information for research papers by typing in a search string on Google and then copying the first paragraph of everything that Google spits back at them.
Spencer Willardson
If you want to know the who, what, where, and why of intelligence in the U.S. this is the first place you should start. Richelson is thorough in his description of agencies and their relationships with one another.
Jun 11, 2012 Joshua rated it liked it
Not a hard read per se. Lot's of graphs and charts. Probably the worst thing about this book is it's littered with alphabet soup. As a friend pointed out if you want a good book on the IC, Intelligence by Lowenthal is a better read.
Nov 25, 2008 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have actually read the fourth edition that was written in 1999. I am interested to take a look at this new edition and see what changes are in it since the intelligence community has changed so much since 9/11.
May 09, 2008 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A concise and nonpolitical primer on US intelligence, useful as a quick desk reference for researchers but only scratches the surface.
Dr. Barrett  Dylan Brown, Phd
A decent, if now outdated, attempt to catagorize and map out the various U.S. Agencies with an investment in Intelligence.
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Aug 27, 2011 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Encyclopedic -- and incredibly boring!
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Aug 21, 2008 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome information source
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Sep 10, 2007 Jeremiah Genest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage
One of the definitive pieces on US Intelligence.
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Jun 16, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dry but informative.
Mar 26, 2012 Strain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: learning
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