[A] rich, useful, and important book.(Thomas Powers New York Times Book Review)
A thoroughly documented, cogently argued work by an author with vast personal experience of his topic.(Kirkus Reviews)
A vigorous and hard-hitting insider's account,(Lawrence D. Freedman Foreign Affairs 1900-01-00)
Pillar provides a telling and comprehensive new perspective from the inside.(Steve Coll New York Review of Books)
This is a well-written effort by a former intelligence offer and academician. Hopefully, members of the national security community and their staffs will read and benefit from it.(Choice 1900-01-00)
Pillar's book is extremely detailed and informative, providing a better understanding of just how hard it is to be an intelligence professional in a world where all that matters is being wrong... once.(James M. Burcalow Military Review)
Pillar's combination of qualifications as a high-level practitioner and careful scholar is unmatched. He weaves together general analysis of the role of intelligence with insights from his own involvement in the most important foreign policy issues over many years.(Richard K. Betts, Columbia University)
Bonus: the book is not only an insider's view, but also thoughtful and well written.
Pillar's book details how US intelligence became the scapegoat for bad decisions made by US leadership based on flawed models of the world situation.
QUOTE (352): "In general, we should be circumspect about assertive strategies that seek to imipose U.S. will or expand U.S. presence."
Way too redundant. Same things could have been said in no more than one-half the words. That said, the infomation was interesting and important.Published 10 months ago by Bob
Well written. Keeps me up late reading. Probably only people who care about intelligence, foreign policy or contemporary history would agree. Wish everyone did.Published 13 months ago by Barbara Turner
For anyone who reads either the report of the "National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States" (the 9/11 Commission report) or the report of "The Commission on the... Read morePublished on March 4, 2012 by Robert Clark
Exactly how and why the US invaded Iraq is the subject of Paul Pillar's new book, "Intelligence and US Foreign Policy". Read morePublished on February 4, 2012 by Keith A. Comess
Although Paul Pillar sets out to show where U.S. intelligence reform has gone wrong, he does not.
The author discusses his pride in having lead the team that negotiated... Read more
This author for whatever reason has an axe to grind, it was not just US intelligence making the case for war, but other countries as well were backing the US up. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by Amazon Customer