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

Henry A. Crumpton, read by David Colacci. Penguin Audio, unabridged, 11 CDs, 13 hrs., $39.95 ISBN 978-1-61176-071-2
While early sections of veteran spy and counterterrorism expert Crumpton’s memoir are a bit dry in this audio edition—the delineation of different types of intelligence operations is likely to appeal only to listeners steeped in the subject matter—the later portions of the book are compelling as the author delves into his own experiences with covert warfare. Crumpton recalls leading the initial American assault on Afghanistan’s Taliban regime immediately following 9/11, as well as his role as a special ambassador working on counterterrorism policy under then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. David Colacci hands in a winning performance—one that will keep listeners engaged even during more technical sections. Colacci is especially memorable in his rendition of gruff but endearing Gen. Tommy Franks, who directed United States forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. And the narrator—employing a forceful but nuanced tone—also effectively conveys Crumpton’s steely determination and pride, as well as his frustration with political gamesmanship and shortsighted government policies. A Penguin hardcover. (May)
Reviewed on: 07/30/2012
Release date: 05/01/2012
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