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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (77 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stansfield Turner Narrator: Michael Prichard Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2005 ISBN: 9781400171811
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As never before, the American public is fascinated by how the United States government gathers intelligence. And there is no one better than Admiral Stansfield Turner, CIA Director under President Carter, to reveal the politics and personal issues that can interfere with how the president of the United States deals with the intelligence community and the CIA director in particular.

In never before told anecdotes, Admiral Turner takes the reader inside the White House, into closed door meetings and tense discussions, showing the workings of the US government with a kind of understanding that comes from being an intimate of many high-level government officials, including ex-presidents.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 B Kevin | 4/6/2013

    " Frank discussion of the history, failures, and realtionship btw the CIA and the White House by a former CIA Director. Well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/13/2011

    " His history was thorough and informative, although I don't agree with the solutions he proposed at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 10/31/2011

    " This was really interesting...and extremely frustrating. The relationships between the CIA directors, Presidents, and other branches of intelligence have been so fractured, and it's all because of egos. Just stupid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy Wittig | 9/29/2011

    " So far, I am sensing a bias, but I'll keep an open mind and press on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Noah Fisher | 10/22/2010

    " I thought this book was very interesting but kind of boring in parts. I liked the in depth storys told with a lot of detail and they told about some cool stuff the CIA has done. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martin Spriggs | 3/21/2008

    " While the book is well written and obviously by an insider (a former DCI), the material is rather dry and focuses on relationships and the role of the DCI in each administration. Not much detail on CIA actions. A little disappointing. "

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About the Author

Stansfield Turner served as director of Central Intelligence from 1977 to 1981, heading both the intelligence community and the CIA. Previously, as an admiral in the US Navy, he served as commander of the US Second Fleet and the NATO Striking Fleet Atlantic, as well as commander in chief of NATO’s Southern Flank. He lives in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Michael Prichard is a Los Angeles-based actor who has played several thousand characters during his career, over one hundred of them in theater and film. He is primarily heard as an audiobook narrator, having recorded well over five hundred full-length books. His numerous awards and accolades include an Audie Award for Tears in the Darkness by Michael Norman and Elizabeth M. Norman and six AudioFile Earphones Awards. He was named a Top Ten Golden Voice by SmartMoney magazine. He holds an MFA in theater from the University of Southern California.