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The CIA at War: Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror

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With the CIA at the core of the war on terror, no agency is as important to preserving America's freedom. Yet the CIA is a closed and secretive world-impenetrable to generations of journalists-and few Americans know what really goes on among the spy masters who plot America's worldwide campaign against terrorists.

Only Ronald Kessler, an award-winning former Washington Post
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published September 5th 2000)
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I read this years ago (and am updating my list here so I can move away from my written record of books read) and generally enjoyed it. It isn't deep and is likely out of date by now, but it educated me on the CIA and its involvement in the Iraq war.
Tyler Vaughn
fascinating read
Oct 22, 2008 Blake rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those interested in intelligence and security studies.
"The CIA At War" is an update to Mr. Kessler's previous work on the CIA, "Inside the CIA", which brings the reader into the immediate post-9/11 timeframe as well as the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. I found this work a little disappointing. It is largely reprinted material from "Inside the CIA" and the newer material was relatively small. Moreover, the newer material focuses on the biography of George Tenet and does not delve into the current activities of the Agency.
Kevin McKenzie
This book reads like a psychological rundown on past executive figures of the CIA- it lacks substance and is loosely written and sourced. I could not finish it, as I didn't see the point. I would recommend Robert Baer or Legacy of Ashes for an in-depth look at the War on Terror on the intelligence spectrum.
Jake thought this would provide a look at the history of the CIA. It was instead written by a Bush apologist before Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo issues came to light
Mat Domaradzki
Interesting read about the intelligence community, it just bounced around a lot.
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