By George Tenet
From Publishers Weekly Former CIA director guideline leaves the most vocal tasks for this audio within the able fingers of Conger (who additionally lately narrated *The Reagan Diaries*). but in interpreting either the short creation and lengthy-but hugely compelling-afterword, guideline demonstrates a command of the spoken note that makes one ask yourself why he didn't deal with his personal narration. although, the 2 males undertaking a suitable sort and tone, conveying deeply own emotion in the obstacles of professionalism and decorum. guiding principle doesn't draw back from acknowledging his personal accountability in controversies related to terrorism and the Iraq conflict, yet he additionally takes numerous key political leaders to job for scapegoating the intelligence neighborhood within the wake of unpopular coverage. The musical interludes in the beginning and finish of every CD serve to take care of the cloak and dagger atmosphere. those that wish to skim the outside of reports occasions could locate the size taxing, yet listeners able to stream past the headlines and right into a wider international of nuanced complexity could be greater than happy. Copyright © Reed enterprise info, a department of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist guideline, former director of the CIA, has ultimately introduced his long-anticipated ebook. It used to be speculated to offer history and perception into the occasions of September eleven in addition to the lead-up (and crumple) of the Iraq battle. yet such a lot readers will locate that Tenet's hodgepodge of evidence tangled with homey anecdotes, excuses, and mea culpas will depart them as burdened as ever. Alternately offering himself because the folksy Greek American child from Queens and the high-charging strength dealer, guiding principle is pleased with the numerous issues the CIA did correct less than his cost, resembling disrupting terrorist assaults top as much as 11th of September (while, after all, lacking the massive one), and he writes feverishly approximately successes in Afghanistan and in other places throughout the attempting months later on. The ebook is at its top portray simply how risky, complicated, and arduous these days have been. Then comes the distraction from terrorism that used to be Iraq, and in keeping with guideline, universal objective disappeared in Washington, and interagency conflict reigned. Cheney comes out taking a look undesirable, and Rice worse, yet a lot of the blame for the ill-preparedness is going to the marginally lower-level neocons: Wolfowitz, Libby, et al. As for the president, guiding principle likes him––a lot. yet in a telling few pages, Bush retains attempting to get neocon favourite Ahmed Chalabi off the payroll, and nobody will pay somewhat recognition to him. Turning those pages is like jogging via mirrors. Cooper, Ilene *Copyright © American Library organization. All rights reserved*
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Many of them were justifiably skeptical of what they were hearing. After all, they had seen so many other leadership teams come and go. How did they know I wasn’t just the flavor of the month? I tried to grab their attention by driving home how serious our problems were. CIA had recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, but unless we performed some sustained miracles, I said, the Agency was unlikely to be relevant by the time it reached its sixtieth birthday. I told them that, God and the president willing, I was going to be around for the long haul.
Even though I have met scores of presidents, kings, queens, emirs, and potentates, the two people I still admire the most are my mom and dad. My dad, John Tenet, was his own man since the day he was thrown out of his house at age eleven by an abusive father in Greece. He first traveled to France and found work in a coal mine. There he quickly decided that the mines were not where his future should be, and he made his way to the United States—arriving at Ellis Island just before the Great Depression.
S. ambassador to the United Nations (2001–2004). AFGHANISTAN Abdul Haq, member of the Northern Alliance; killed by the Taliban in October 2001. Hamid Karzai, president of Afghanistan (2004–). Fahim Khan, a Northern Alliance leader. Ahmed Shah Masood, head of the Northern Alliance; assassinated by al-Qa’ida on September 9, 2001. Mullah Omar, leader of the Taliban. Mullah Osmani, commander of the Taliban’s Khandahar Corps. IRAQ Gen. John Abizaid, Gen. Franks’s deputy. L. Paul “Jerry” Bremer, head of Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) (2003–2004).