The President's Book of Secrets

The President's Book of Secrets

The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents, From Kennedy to Obama

Book - 2016
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"Every day, a member of the CIA presents to the President a report detailing the most sensitive activities and analysis of world events. These can range from the behavior of America's allies to the maneuvering of its adversaries, from imminent dangers to long-term strategic opportunities, and are often based on the words of highly placed sources or the interceptions of astonishingly nimble technologies. This report-- for the President's eyes only-- forms the basis of the President's assessment of US intelligence and strength. The story of the President's Daily Brief-- the PDB, in the jargon-- is a window into the character of each president and his administration, and the degree to which his worldview and policy was shaped by the information from the security services"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : PublicAffairs, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781610395953
Characteristics: xiii, 384 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 08, 2016

I haven't read this book yet, but I do realize that the author served during the two most sketchy administrations regarding intel failures: the Clinton and Bush #2 administrations. I also recall that over one thousand CIA personnel went to Capitol Hill to protest the proposed appointment of Robert Gates to be CIA director [during the Reagan administration, I believe] as Gates had a reputation for spinning the intel reports - - Gates also predicted, when others were stating the opposite, that the Soviet Union would never crumble!


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