[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.
A vigorous and hard-hitting insider's account,
(Lawrence D. Freedman Foreign Affairs
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.
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)