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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