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The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry A. Crumpton Narrator: David Colacci Publisher: Penguin Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career while illustrating the growing importance of America’s intelligence officers and their secret missions

For a crucial period, Henry Crumpton led the CIA’s global covert operations against America’s terrorist enemies, including al-Qaeda. In the days after 9/11, the CIA tasked Crumpton with organizing and leading the Afghanistan campaign. With Crumpton’s strategic initiative and bold leadership, from the battlefield to the Oval Office, US and Afghan allies routed al-Qaeda and the Taliban in less than ninety days after the Twin Towers fell. At the height of combat against the Taliban in late 2001, there were fewer than five hundred Americans on the ground in Afghanistan, a dynamic blend of CIA and Special Forces. The campaign changed the way America wages war. This book will change the way America views the CIA.

The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton’s espionage and covert action exploits to explain what America’s spies do and why their service is more valuable than ever. From his early years in Africa, where he recruited and ran sources, from loathsome criminals to heroic warriors; to his liaison assignment at the FBI, the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, the development of the UAV Predator program, and the Afghanistan war; to his later work running all CIA clandestine operations inside the United States, he employs enthralling storytelling to teach important lessons about national security but also about duty, honor, and love of country.

No book like The Art of Intelligence has ever been written—not with Crumpton’s unique perspective, in a time when America faced such grave and uncertain risk. It is an epic, sure to be a classic in the annals of espionage and war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Interesting and often entertainingly frank…The Art of Intelligence combines the derring-do of old-fashioned spycraft with thoughtful meditations on the future of warfare and intelligence work.”

    Washington Post

  • “[A] fascinating glimpse into the CIA’s most secret—and secretive—department.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Listener Reviews

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Review by Mark Gibby | 5/9/2013

    " I got bored and quit half way through. Good detailed memoir of an American hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by J.T. | 2/15/2013

    " I thought this was a wonderfully written books with great stories of years behind the curtain in the under appreciated and understood agencies in the United States. The author was a master story teller and would love to see more books from Mr. Crumpton. "

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About the Narrator

David Colacci is an actor and director who has directed and performed in prominent theaters nationwide. His credits include roles from Shakespeare to Albee, as well as extensive work on new plays. As a narrator, he has recorded more than one hundred audiobooks, earned eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, and been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His narration of The Suspect was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2007.