Friday, April 5, 2013

At the Center of the Storm by George Tenet

George Tenet was director of the CIA during what might be the most difficult time the agency ever faced. 9/11 was the first time Americans truly understood that terrorism could happen in the United States, that we were not a immune from the ills of the rest of the world.

In At the Center of the Storm, Tenet details his years at the CIA under both Bill Clinton and George Bush. He provides minute detail of the events of that period helping the reader to understand just what happened.

And what a lot happened! Tenet does not shy away from taking blame for what he did wrong, but he also names names when it comes to who was responsible for what activities. Several times he repeats the phrase: you have the right to your own opinion but not your own facts. That seems to have been one of the problems of the time: the CIA provided the facts but others provided spin.

If you are interested in politics, spy craft, or even interpersonal relationships, you will enjoy this book. Whatever your political leanings you will learn from George Tenet, who was a major power broker during one of the most volatile periods in American history.

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