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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Kathy Wittig | 9/29/2011

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

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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.