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Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror

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If you are concerned about the threat to America of Islamic terrorism, read this book. If you want to truly and accurately understand what your government has done to protect the American people from attacks, order this book today. If you want an honest and revealing look inside some of the most difficult decisions of the Bush administration on the War on Terror, get ahold of this book. And if you want a candid appraisal of how the United States is faring in this global struggle – its successes and its shortcomings – hope that whoever the next president is reads this volume and takes it to heart. For decades, General Michael Hayden has played a critical role in fashioning America’s intelligence capabilities, from his leadership as director of the National Security Agency to his service as CIA Director. This memoir of a quiet, yet intense man who was calm in the midst of chaos and danger is a fine read. I strongly recommend it to you.
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This is a riveting tale of brotherly love, tested in a time of global war.  The characters are vividly drawn, the action riveting and the suspense almost overwhelming. 

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My copy of PORTRAITS OF COURAGE arrived and I thumbed through it, expecting to take a quick look before adding it to my reading stack and getting to it in a few days.


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