Burn Before Reading by Stansfield Turner (2005)

I highly recommend reading this book.  I have some differences of opinion with Admiral Turner but they are minor and are mostly ameliorated by the events and revelations of the past 8 years.  I still have a strong negative opinion of William Colby but I’ll let it slide for now.

I think the reason I liked this book so much is that it ties together everything else I’ve read about the CIA, intelligence and the political/social events occurring in the background.  There were some gossipy inside stories, some things I personally hadn’t even read yet and an overall insightful view not only into the CIA from one of its past directors but also of the Executive branch infighting with the military-industrial-congressional branch.

If you’ve ever been in the position of trying to read books on the CIA and then trying to tie all of the disparate stories together, I highly recommend reading this.  It’s very well written and is an excellent treatment of the subject matter.