Undaunted : my fight against America's enemies, at home and abroad
—Brennan, John O., 1955- author.
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2020
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A powerful and revelatory memoir from former CIA director John Brennan, spanning his more than thirty years in government. Friday, January 6, 2017: On that day, as always, John Brennan's alarm clock was set to go off at 4:15 a.m. But nothing else about that day would be routine. That day marked his first and only security briefing with President-elect Donald Trump. And it was also the day John Brennan said his final farewell to Owen Brennan, his father, the man who had taught him the lessons of goodness, integrity, and honor that had shaped the course of an unparalleled career serving his country from within the intelligence community. In this brutally honest memoir, Brennan, the son of an Irish immigrant who settled in New Jersey, describes the life that took him from being a young CIA recruit enamored with the mystique of spy work, secretly defiant enough to drive a motorcycle and sport a diamond earring, and invigorated by his travels in the Middle East to being the most powerful individual in American intelligence. He details his experiences with very different presidents and what it's been like to bear responsibility for some of the nation's most crucial and polarizing national security decisions. He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the Agency, describing the selfless, patriotic, and invisible work of the women and men involved in national security. He also examines the insularity, arrogance, and myopia that have, at times, undermined its reputation in the eyes of the American people and of members of other branches of government. Through topics ranging from George W. Bush's intervention in Iraq to his thoughts on the CIA's controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques to his eye-opening account of the planning of the raid that resulted in Bin Ladin's death to his realization that Russia had interfered with the 2016 election, Brennan brings the reader behind the scenes of some of the most crucial moments in recent U.S. history. He also candidly discusses the times he has failed to live up to his own high standards and the very public fallouts that have resulted. With its behind-the-scenes look at how major U.S. national security policies and actions unfolded during his long and distinguished career-especially during his eight years in the Obama administration-John Brennan's memoir is a work of history with strong implications for the future of America and our country's relationships with other world powers.

Item Details
Subjects:
Brennan, John O., 1955-
Intelligence officers -- United States -- Biography.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Intelligence service -- United States -- History -- 21st century.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- History -- 21st century.
United States. Central Intelligence Agency -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Genre:
Autobiographies.
Biographies.
ISBN:
9781250241771 (hardcover)
9781250241771
Edition:
First edition.
Description:
xii, 446 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes:
Includes index.
Contents:
Friday, January 6, 2017
Jersey boy
Coming of age
Discovering the Middle East
"So, you are interested in joining the CIA?"
Out of operations
John of Arabia
Analyze this
Countering terror
Briefing the "first customers"
Saudi Arabia redux
Back at Langley during stormy times
Falling short
The challenge of a government "start-up"
A new TAC(K)
Joining the Obama team
Working in the West Wing
Taking life to save a life
The "pacer" of Abbottabad
Factoring in fourth-order effects
Second shot at the best job in government
Stirring the CIA pot
A tortured Senate report
Oh, the people I've met
Dealing with Russian intrigue
What the hell just happened?
Undaunted.
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