Intelligence

Intelligence

Book - 2010
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A team of Intelligence agents try to prevent an impending terrorist attack, but are thwarted by bureaucratic hurdles in this darkly humorous debut written by a former CIA agent Maddie James and her colleagues are terrorism experts working in a crumbling intelligence agency. They are certain another big terrorist attack is coming, but in a post-9/11 election year the Administration is stressing its victories in the War on Terror-and few want to hear the team's warnings. Reluctantly, Maddie's given a team of five analysts to focus on the impending threat. The crew labors through bureaucratic obstacles, personal problems, and a blossoming romance between its senior members, Doc and Fran. They come heartbreakingly close to stopping the attack, but fail to predict a surprising twist in the terrorists' plot. In the wake of tragedy, the Administration pins blame on Iran despite lack of evidence-so Maddie and her team try to investigate. With dark humor and a razor-sharp tone, they fight back against office politics, government cover-ups and blackmail in order to set the record straight. A keenly crafted debut that could only be written by an ex-CIA agent, Intelligence will please fans of Wag the Dog and Primary Colors . Susan Hasler is featured in the HBO documentary "MANHUNT" about the female analysts who worked so hard to capture Bin Ladin.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312576035
031257603X
Call Number: F HASLER S
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 22 cm

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shapjul
Aug 31, 2010

This is really worth a read. It's written by a former CIA agent and it gave me a whole new way of thinking about the CIA. All but one of the characters are intelligence analysts at "the Mines." In this post 9/11 world they work to idenfity the next terror threat even as they are subject to political pressures to produce the facts the adminstration wants.

I think the cover may say it's both funny and terrifying and that's quite true. It's a pretty quick read and surely worth the time.

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