The CIA at War Inside the Secret Campaign Against Terror

Ronald Kessler

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

384 Pages



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In this urgent and most timely study, veteran investigative reporter and New York Times bestselling author Kessler discloses much highly sensitive information about the Central Intelligence Agency's unorthodox methods, its stunning successes, and its shocking failures.

The CIA at War explores, moreover, whether this agency can or should be trusted, whether its intelligence is politicized, and whether it is capable of winning the war on terror. In doing so, Kessler weaves into his multi-faceted inquiry—which draws on interviews with some fifty current CIA officers, and all of its top officials—a full history of the agency as well as an account how it really functions. From the CIA's 9/11-related intelligence failures to its critical role in preventing further attacks, The CIA at War offers a riveting and unique investigation into a secretive and powerful organization and its ongoing confrontation with global terrorism.


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"Through numerous interviews with both agents and operatives, Kessler brings to life a world generally described only in fiction . . . Kassler had unprecedented access to the agency, which is reflected in his up-to-date commentary on the war and administration policy."—Booklist

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Ronald Kessler is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen non-fiction books, including The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI, Inside the White House, The FBI, Inside the CIA, Moscow Station, The Sins of the Father: Joseph P. Kennedy and the Dynasty He Founded, Inside Congress, and The Season: Inside Palm Beach and America's Richest Society. A former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, Kessler has won sixteen journalism awards, including two George Polk Awards. Kessler lives with his wife Pamela in Potomac, Maryland.
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  • Ronald Kessler

  • Ronald Kessler is the bestselling author of several works of non-fiction, including The Sins of the Father, Inside the CIA, Inside Congress, The Season, and Inside the White House. He began his career as an investigative journalist in 1964 and has since worked for The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, winning many awards for his journalism, including two George Polk awards and the Associated Press's Sevellon Brown Memorial Award.
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