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The Art of Intelligence Review
The Art of Intelligence by Hank Crumpton is the remarkable memoir of the authors former life as a convert CIA operative. The book details Crumpton’s life as he travels the world as a world class spy as well as the hardships and frustrations he felt with his career.
Crumpton, a world renowned spy and counter terrorism expert tells the amazing tale of his life in the action packed and high risked world of the Central Intelligence Agency while carefully illustrating the importance of human intelligence and its effect on actual secret missions.
Crumpton lead the CIA’s global operations effort against our terrorist enemies including Al Queda and Osama Bin Laden. Some of the most interesting parts of his story take place just days after September 11th with then CIA tasked Crumpton to lead the American covert operations inside Afghanistan. Crumptons leadership, intelligence, and strategic intuition lead to the Taliban being overthrown in just 90 days after the fall of the World Trade Center. The early American forces in Afghanistan were a mix of CIA Special Activities Division paramilitary, CIA case officers, and highly train American Special Forces soldiers and at the command of all of them was Hank Crumpton. This book will change the way you view the Afghanistan war, the United States military, and the CIA. This book is an insight into the new war, the new techniques, and the new way the United States views its enemies
The Art of Intelligence draws from Crumpton’s full career in the CIA and explains with great depth what American spies do and what makes them more valuable that ever. Crumpton’s career started in Africa where he recruited and trained turncoats, to the CIA’s CTC (Counterterrorism Center), his role in the Afghan war, and finally his work operating all CIA operations inside the USA. Crumpton’s story telling is unique, vivid, and dynamic and above all else informative. His lessons about the spy trade, the United States war effort, and counter terrorism are told with expert insight and thoughtful commentary. You’ll appreciate the unsung heroes of your country and the work they do to keep you safe.An excerpt about the first American killed in the Afghanistan War from Hank Crumptons new book The Art of Intelligence can be found HERE
Bonus: An excerpt about the first American killed in the Afghanistan War from Hank Crumptons new book The Art of Intelligence can be found HERE
Henry “Hank” Crumpton is a former CIA case agent and the current president of the Group, LLC, a strategic international advisory and business development firm. After a 25 year career with the CIA, Crumpton served as the coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from August 2005 until February 2007. After joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981 Crumpton spent most of his 25 year career working undercover in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. During his time with the CIA, Crumpton received the Distinguished Intelligence Medal which is the CIA’s highest award for achievement. Crumpton started his studies with a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and finished with a master’s, with honors, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He currently resides in Virginia.
Title: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
Author: Henry “Hank” Crumpton
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press
Find out more about the Central Intelligence Agency at www.cia.gov
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