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At the Center of the Storm by George Tenet
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Feb 15, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction-historical, biography

Read by the author both beginning and end, the actual book by Arthur Morey, it can be a dry at times. In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that emerged in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and gripping, George Tenet's At the Center of the Storm is a revealing look at the man at the helm of the most important intelligence organization during the most challenging times in recent history. Beginning with his appointment as Director in 1997, Tenet unfolds the momentous events that led to 9/11; his declaration of war on al-Qa'ida; the CIA's covert operations inside Afghanistan; the worldwide plan to fight terrorists and his warnings of imminent attacks against American interests in the summer of 2001; and the immediate counterattack against al-Qa'ida. Tenet then turns to the war in Iraq as he provides dramatic insight on the run-up to the invasion, including an account of the fallout from the "sixteen words" in the president's 2003 State of the Union address; the true context of Tenet's own now-famous "slam dunk" comment; and the CIA's critical role in an administration predisposed to take the country to war. Through it all, Tenet paints an unflinching self-portrait of a man caught between the warring forces of the administration's decision-making process, the reams of frightening intelligence pouring in from around the world, and his own conscience
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