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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (432 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Tenet Narrator: Arthur Morey Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the whirlwind of accusations and recriminations that has attended the post 9/11 world, one man's vital testimony has been conspicuously absent. Candid and compelling, At the Center of the Storm is George Tenet's memoir of his life at the CIA - a revelatory look at the inner workings of America's top intelligence agency and its dealings with national leaders at home and abroad. With unparalleled knowledge and breadth, Tenet illuminates how the country was prepared, and in some respects was not prepared, to deal with a world full of new and deadly threats.

Beginning with his installation as director of Central Intelligence in 1997, Tenet unfolds the momentous events that led up to 9/11: his declaration of war on Al Qa'ida, his worldwide operational plan to fight terror, his warnings to White House officials, and the plan for a response laid down just six days after the attack. Tenet also reveals the CIA's efforts since 9/11 to hunt down the fugitive members of Al Qa'ida's leadership.

In his gripping narrative of the run-up to the war in Iraq, Tenet provides fresh insights and background, including a privileged account of how the famous sixteen words made it into the president's State of the Union speech, the real context of his own now-famous slam-dunk comment, and the CIA's views of the rise of an Iraqi insurgency. Finally, as the country digs in for a prolonged war, he gives his thoughts on how we can forge a more secure world. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nate | 2/4/2014

    " I tend to be a very non-government intervention person, but hearing about the work that Tenet did at the CIA made me more appreciative of the type of work that they must do and the political forces that often pervert their mission. Of course this is revisionist history, but Tenet comes off as a very contentious person who tried to do the best he could. A very interesting and informative read. Read by the author, which always helps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Taylor | 1/31/2014

    " Read this years back. It wasn't terribly earth-shattering, as I recall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Khalid Khan | 1/25/2014

    " Why would you want to read about George Tenet? Because he was running CIA when 9/11 happened and when Bush decided to go looking for WMD's in Iraq. The book as everything else but that. You find out how Mubarak didn't like Yasir Arafat (not news to anyone who followed the middle east), small backdoor stuff that shows the personal human side of leaders, etc, etc. But when it come to 9/11 and WMD this book falls short - Tenet's written this more as an defense of what he did. This is a story that required a bold and revealing account - and that is totally missing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Summi | 1/20/2014

    " interesting...but if ure lookin for the masala on the CIA then its kinda disappointin..... "

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About the Author
Author George Tenet

George Tenet was the director of Central Intelligence from 1997 to 2004. He holds a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MIA from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University. He was appointed to the faculty of Georgetown University in 2004 and lives outside Washington, DC, with his wife, author Stephanie Glakas-Tenet, and their son.