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Tion lost in the post Cold War world Afraid to take risks that might offend Congress and European allies after overstepping its legal bounds in the Iran Contra era gutted of the clandestine operators who knew how to run secret wars demoralized by criticism and poor performance the CIA simply became unable and unwilling to get down and dirty to do the hard part to fight a real war on terroris This book is fascinating I heard the author on a talk radion interview and was hooked I enjoyed the insiders perspective and her theory on Osama bin Laden

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Denial andDeception An Insider's View of the CIA

The reality for a woman agent working in the secret world of intelligence often leads to extraordinary obstacles and sacrifices Melissa Boyle Mahle a sixteen year covert operative for the CIA in the Middle East was the Agency's top ranked female Arabist before she left in 2002 In Denial and Deception Mahle not only describes the Agency's successes and failures but details her life as a woman This book contained great information but a lot of the material was repetitive The author said the Agency was hemorrhaging at least six separate times paraphrased Though I understand her effort to explain so many interconnected events on a global scale was a complex undertaking it read like a bad documentary or research paper than a book about some of the most intriguing covert actions taken by the US in recent times

Review Denial andDeception An Insider's View of the CIA

In one of the last professions that remain almost exclusively male directed and dominated The author has a uniue vantage point from which to view the political and operational culture of the CIA in the post Cold War climate and reveals how it failed to anticipate the 911 attacks From Ronald Reagan to George W Bush she provides a vivid narrative of how the agency became a rudderless organiza An interesting overview of the intelligence community from the 1970s through 2004 Depressing really and the current administration s attempts at a empathetic approach to Islamics has been no successful thn past effort One wonders what will be written about the intelligence efforts in the Arab Spring


9 thoughts on “Denial andDeception An Insider's View of the CIA

  1. says:

    Ms Mahle’s brief introduction “Intelligence Failure” discusses probable causes why several agencies missed connecting dots for September 11 2001 The historical development of the various agencies and the cultures that grew within them as well as the public perception of these agencies usefulness and that perception’s affect on funding for these institutions all have a bearing on the failureThe rest of the book

  2. says:

    This book contained great information but a lot of the material was repetitive The author said the Agency was hemorrhaging at least six separate times paraphrased Though I understand her effort to explain so many interconnected events on a gl

  3. says:

    This book chronicles the various directors of the CIA beginning during the Reagan years It describes each of the men who promised to do one thi

  4. says:

    Barely got through this one I did not enjoy the bitter tone of the author would have preferred a objective historical account Something about the way this was written just did not hold my interest at all organization perhaps

  5. says:

    Excellent book about the CIA's hunt for terrorists before 9112001The Agency notified the intelligence community and policymakers of its assessment that al a'ida was planning a large scale operation that was spectacular in nature and could cause mass casualties The agency warned that al Wa'ida desired to strike inside the United Sta

  6. says:

    An interesting overview of the intelligence community from the 1970s through 2004 Depressing really and the current administration's attempts at a empathetic approach to Islamics has been no successful thn past effort One wonders what will be written about the intelligence efforts in the Arab Spring

  7. says:

    Interesting history of CIA since the early 90's as told from an insider I wish I could get dirt on what the life of an operative is like but she

  8. says:

    Interesting view of how women are treated in the US intelligence community So so in my view If you lay down with dogs don't

  9. says:

    This book is fascinating I heard the author on a talk radion interview and was hooked I enjoyed the insiders perspective and her the

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