The Secret History of the Fight Against Terror
By Matthew M. Aid
(Bloomsbury Press, Hardcover, 9781608194810, 272pp.)
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Categories: Modern - 21st Century
The United States intelligence establishment is a colossus. With stations in 170 countries, armed with cutting-edge surveillance gear, high-tech weapons, and fleets of armed and unarmed drone aircraft, it commands the most extensive and advanced intel force in history. But America's spy establishment still struggles to keep pace with a host of determined enemies around the world.
In Intel Wars, leading espionage historian Matthew M. Aid delivers the inside stories of our decade-long struggle against terrorism—its hard-won successes and bedeviling failures.
Based on extensive, on-the-ground interviews on the front lines and in D.C., as well as revelations from Wikileaks cables and other newly declassified documents, Intel Wars is the most authoritative account yet written of the secret war that America is still fighting.
Matthew M. Aid is the author of The Secret Sentry, the definitive history of the National Security Agency, and a leading intelligence historian and expert on the NSA. He is a regular commentator on intelligence matters for the New York Times, the Financial Times, National Journal, the Associated Press, CBS News, NPR, and many others. He lives in Washington, D.C.
In Intel Wars, historian Matthew Aid details how bureaucratic policies and a glut of raw data have weakened the intelligence community in its war against would-be terrorists. More at NPR.org
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"Every chapter in the book is braided with intelligence nuggets. Aid weaves together original reporting, volumes of unclassified documents and his expertise. The book’s chapters on Afghanistan and Pakistan are particularly engrossing…. Aid has written a highly entertaining and interesting book that provides a full-color, detailed snapshot of how the Obama administration is using intelligence to battle terrorism and that hints about how that battle is likely to be waged in the future."—Dina Temple-Raston, The Washington Post"Aid’s book is full of … revelatory anecdotes. It’s one thing to say that the ISI has helped America’s enemies; it’s another thing to show precisely how."—Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times"If the devil is in the details, then Matthew M. Aid, author of Intel Wars: The Secret History of the Fight Against Terrorism, has written a devilish book indeed … a highly researched look inside the decade’s most important intelligence efforts, and while sobering at best, it’s not always bad news. You just have to look harder for the good news."—Suzanne Kelly, CNN.com"Intel Wars teems with useful statistics and interesting anecdotes."—Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch"Aid’s wide-ranging and timely assessment of the current state of U.S. intelligence should appeal to anyone interested in U.S. defense policy."—Publishers Weekly "An expert update on American security that turns up more problems than solutions."—Kirkus “Merits serious consideration by those concerned with our security at home and abroad.”—Booklist