The Art of Intelligence by Henry A. Crumpton

The Art of Intelligence

By Henry A. Crumpton

  • Release Date: 2012-05-14
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
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A legendary CIA spy and counterterrorism expert tells the spellbinding story of his high-risk, action-packed career

Revelatory and groundbreaking, The Art of Intelligence will change the way people view the CIA, domestic and foreign intelligence, and international terrorism. Henry A. “Hank” Crumpton, a twenty-four-year veteran of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, offers a thrilling account that delivers profound lessons about what it means to serve as an honorable spy. From CIA recruiting missions in Africa to pioneering new programs like the UAV Predator, from running post–9/11 missions in Afghanistan to heading up all clandestine CIA operations in the United States, Crumpton chronicles his role—in the battlefield and in the Oval Office—in transforming the way America wages war and sheds light on issues of domestic espionage.


  • Rather Boring

    By Tpr2
    Let me first began by saying I respect all they do at the cia. I wish I could be a cia agent. I know do to the sensitive work they they do they can't say much and that why I find this book boring.
  • The Art of Intelligence

    By Zack Brown
    The Art of Intelligence gives you a peek through the curtain of international affairs, politics, and the CIA. Great book! 5/5 :)
  • A must read

    By DocBrown68w
    Not only does Henry Crumpton offer a view of the war against al Qaeda that is seldom seen or thought of, but he opens the eyes of the reader to the true work and dedicated service of those who act in the shadows for this great nation.
  • Spy at best

    By Chisel7
    This is one of the best I ever read. It is very authentic and well written. I have learned more about intelligence than ever. It really fit well that I read Craft of Intelligence by Dullies first. It work as introductory to this book
  • The Art of Intelligence

    By tttwww222
    Like most government wonks, the author loves acronyms and assumes because he knows what they mean, everyone else does. If you decide to read the book, make your own acronym index. Otherwise it's easy to get lost and confused. The book is wordy with much unhelpful detail. The title is misleading. The book is less about the "art" than about one man's role in US intelligence, his autobiography. Some interesting parts, but some sections challenge the reader to stay awake.
  • Great to know the truth

    By MonkeyJoe
    Excellent history
  • Outstanding

    By CaribouSprings
    Hank Crumpton's writing skills are truly outstanding. His story is one that needed to be told - partly in honor of his service to all - but more importantly to shine an informed light on an otherwise invisible world that shapes our destiny every day. The story is fast moving, well informed and brilliantly constructed by a genuine expert of the highest caliber. His story reinforces for me the lesson that a professional and well funded intelligence function is essential to our freedom and our way of life. My most humble and eternal gratitude to Hank and all those nameless heroes who serve at great personal risk and sacrifice so that others may live and prosper in freedom.
  • Interesting look at the CIA

    By Bbbbcccb
    Good book with an interesting perspective that is rarely provided. I would love to see Hank's take on the Homeland intelligence mess we've gotten ourselves into.
  • The Art of Intelligence

    By YazzooD
    A revealing behind the scenes view of the business of espionage as practiced by the CIA. With startling precision the author depicts the complex interplay of politics, intelligence gathering, and risk in the world of spies. This is a no-holds-barred unveiling of the territorial fights between the CIA, FBI, and the military establishment in their various pursuits to protect and serve the nation. An incredible read.
  • How the sausage is made

    By EdoRoshi
    This book gives a bird's eye view of the remarkable US destruction of Al Quaida in Afghanistan shortly after 9/11. The enduring lesson is the importance and astonishing range of skilled individuals mustered up for the mission. On the theoretical side, the book illustrates best practices for synthesis of intelligence and covert military action. In general, one comes away with the impression that the CIA works much better than one would expect from the generally shoddy press coverage it receives.