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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: April 2007 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Summi | 1/20/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellis | 1/13/2014

    " It was interesting to get Tenet's point of veiw on what happened during his 7 years as CIA cheif. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Miriam | 1/13/2014

    " This book was one of my first real glimpses into the inner-workings of the CIA, and for that reason, was quite fascinating to me. I felt that Tenet gave quite a balanced and objective view of both the Clinton and Bush administrations...that included interesting insights on both. Worth the read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe Mossa | 1/12/2014

    " a career of hard work and dedication destroyed by two words- 'slam dunk'. he was given the blame for helping bush to decide to invade iraq..sad. it s a good book but a bit tiring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Garret O'Boyle | 12/27/2013

    " Offered some good insight into the goings on in washington and some into the war on terror. It was dry at times but in the end i came away feeling that i learned sone stuff which is why i chose to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Baden | 11/7/2013

    " Great Book. It is interesting to learn about CIA stuff during both Clinton and Bush 43 Administrations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Campbell | 11/6/2013

    " pretty well written, probably ghost written actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 11/5/2013

    " Just started. Tenet was the CIA director at a particularly tumultuous time when many fingers were pointed at the intelligence apparatus for failing to counter the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Interesting so far... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley beverly | 10/25/2013

    " I found this fascinating but I do wish he would have just admitted that he did make a mistake and that he should have resigned earlier. I keep waiting for him to do this in the book. Do I believe what he wrote, well maybe, maybe not. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ezra | 10/21/2013

    " Basically, this book is an extension of Tenet's taking shared responsibility for being wrong about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. It was a tough call in which to be wrong. Such decisions are tough when there is murky, incomplete data. Politics in Washington scare me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles Chawalko | 7/26/2013

    " I am still in the process of reading it so expect further details... But from what I read, he does a judicious job analyzing his role and the environment around him in the years before and after 9/11... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/8/2013

    " Didnt finish it ... due back at the library. but what I read was very interesting. However he is much too nice about everyone. "I liked the palstinians, but i Liked the isralis too.. ect" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin Schleiter | 6/30/2013

    " Interesting inside look at the CIA before and after 9-11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe G | 12/24/2012

    " Great book. In time this will be considered a history book and guide to the 'karma" that existed pre and post 9/11. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hans | 6/10/2012

    " Easy read and offers a different perspective from the country's most secretive agency regarding 9/11 and the events leading up to it and it's aftermath "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Guise | 2/1/2012

    " Very facinating. Allowed me to really ponder the inner workings of our government. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 1/17/2012

    " interesting espcially when read on this side of the pond based on our interpretation of the US coverage/UK coverage "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 9/22/2011

    " neither particularly well written nor balanced, but nonetheless interesting. provides a good counterpoint for Woodward's "Bush At War" series, which in the end will have the final word on Tenet's tenure at CIA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LJh* | 3/9/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Summi | 6/19/2010

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 1/20/2010

    " Interesting inside look at the CIA before and after 9-11 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gerald | 12/27/2009

    " What I learned from this book? There is a lot going on out there that I don't know about and that I am glad that there are those who are willing to take on the responsibilities to try to keep me, my loved ones and our country safe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 7/13/2009

    " How to be a CIA Director 101. Just because he has an axe to grind (and it's clear that he does), doesn't mean that this isn't an interesting back story of how we got so screwed up in the Middle East. Read it with an open mind, but don't forget that he does have an agenda. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 3/2/2009

    " Just started. Tenet was the CIA director at a particularly tumultuous time when many fingers were pointed at the intelligence apparatus for failing to counter the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Interesting so far... "

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