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Author: Ronald Kessler Narrator: Edward Lewis Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781455174072
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Ronald Kessler’s explosive bestseller, The FBI, brought down FBI Director William S. Sessions. Now, in this unparalleled work of investigative journalism, Kessler reveals the inner world of the CIA. Based on extensive research and hundreds of interviews, including two with active Directors of Central Intelligence William H. Webster and Robert M. Gates and with three former DCIs, Inside the CIA is the first in-depth, unbiased account of the Agency’s core operations, its abject failures, and its resounding successes.

Learn how the CIA spies on every country in the world except Great Britain, Australia, and Canada, undertaking covert action to influence or overthrow foreign governments or political parties. Discover how CIA analysts botched the job of foreseeing the Soviet economy’s collapse. This is your extraordinary tour through the world’s most successful house of spies.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unusually thoughtful and even handed…studded with anecdotes that are always instructive and often funny.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “The tour is never dull, especially since it features so much 007 gadgetry, from water-spraying silent drills to eavesdropping devices that work by zapping laser beams through windows.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Kessler…reveals more about the agency’s structure, policies and key personnel than any previous writer has…A largely objective, evenhanded, highly informative survey.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Definitely one of the most important books on the US intelligence community in some years.”


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyson | 12/1/2012

    " Very out dated information while some of it is still relevant there are many more books out there that are much more current that deal with DHS and other intelligence agencies. Only reason for the low score is the fact that it is outdated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 2/7/2011

    " I suppose it's good research material if you're turned on by dry descriptions of how things work at the CIA. (I read the book because I had planned to write fiction about a CIA character.) I agree with John really... the book is a bore. It's anything but juicy and mostly rather dull. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 9/17/2010

    " this really bummed me out. i was hoping for a juicy little glimpse into the cia. all i got was a book that read like a flier to entice potential employees to sign up. shitty. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 6/24/2009

    " This book is an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes at the CIA. But considering it was a book that was recommended to me BY the CIA when I was interviewing with them, I imagine it gives a rather soft portrayal of things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cordell | 5/30/2008

    " Very interesting reading. Everyone in the english speaking world knows of the CIA, this book lets you understand it and understand much more about its effect and the impact of politics and the CIA on the world "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 11/18/2006

    " Don't let the exciting title fool you. This book is outdated and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 10/25/2006

    " It was interesting to read about what the CIA does. Not what I really expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ross | 6/23/2004

    " Another book covering the disaster that the CIA has been for the most part. I had read "Legacy of Ashes" which is much better so I wasn't able to get through all of this work. It was just going over the same material that was handled better in Legacy of Ashes. "

About the Author

Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of The FBI, Inside the CIA, Moscow Station, Escape from the CIA, Spy vs. Spy, The Spy in the Russian Club, and The Richest Man in the World. He is an award-winning former correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and his articles appear in leading periodicals. Mr. Kessler lives in Potomac, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Edward Lewis (a.k.a. David Hilder) is a stage, film, and television actor. He has narrated unabridged audiobooks for over eighteen years and has recorded more than two hundred titles, spanning works of fiction and nonfiction.