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Burn Before Reading by Stansfield Turner
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Sep 13, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: cia, history, biography
Recommended for: Another one for the Cosmic Ironists.

Admiral Turner was Jimmy Carter's Director of Central Intelligence. In Burn Before Reading, Turner captures and comments on the relationship between each President and their DCI from the inception of the CIA in 1947 to the Bush - Tennet years. He touches on scandals, covert ops, illegalities and dirty tricks pulled by the CIA, and he doesn't pull many punches in his analysis of his own agency's blunders. Amazingly, at the end of the book, Turner calls for the CIA to be disbanded. It is hard to disagree with him, or the CIA as anything but a failure in its most important task, the collection and analysis of information. It's greatest blunders, though, may be in the long-term damage its operational wing has caused to US foreign policy, our own security and the peace and prosperity of the entire world. It's hard not to agree with Turner that it may be time for new options. Here's hoping this review doesn't get me killed.


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