Automotive Holiday Deals Books Gift Guide Books Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Ed Sheeran egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Grocery Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $30 Off Fire HD 6 Kindle Black Friday Deals Black Friday Video Game Deals Outdoor Deals on DOTD
Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence and Homeland Security and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence and Homeland Security (Praeger Security International)

5 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 000-0275981509
ISBN-10: 0275981509
Why is ISBN important?
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $3.41
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Rent On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$11.62 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
Buy used On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
$12.36 On clicking this link, a new layer will be open
More Buying Choices
26 New from $32.00 31 Used from $0.99
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student

Get Up to 80% Back Rent Textbooks

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more

Editorial Reviews


"Art Hulnick is one of the most thoughtful writers and reformers with a focus on the U.S. intelligence community. In this book on intelligence reform, he brings together his insider's experience as a former CIA officer and his more recent years of teaching and research to examine key proposals for improving the performance of the CIA and America's other secret agencies. One does not have to agree with each of his conclusions to note that this is an outstanding guide to the key issues. It ought to be read by anyone interested in trying to avoid more intelligence failures like those associated with the 9/11 attacks and the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq."-Loch K. Johnson Regents Professor of Public and International Affairs University of Georgia

Book Description

Explores the pros and cons of existing intelligence systems and recommends for the changes necessary to keep the United States safe the future.


Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (August 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0275981509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0275981501
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Retired Reader on April 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a very disappointing book. Arthur Hulnick is certainly a very knowledgeable and perceptive observer of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). He also understands the collection and analytic processes that are the core of the IC. Yet this book still disappoints for three primary reasons.

First, time has passed this book by. After the book was written, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) got a new director in one Michael Chertoff and set up its own intelligence office under Charlie Allen with whom I am sure Hulnick is familiar. It also was written before the Hurricane Katrina debacle that revealed a highly dysfunctional DHS and its subordinate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In the same manner the book was written before Ambassador John Negroponte was appointed as Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and under whose stewardship the Office of DNI grew into a major bureaucracy (some 1,500 employees and rising) while avoiding any substantive reforms of the IC. One can only speculate what Hulnick would have concluded about DHS and DNI had this book been written in 2006 not 2004.

Second, Hulnick appears primarily interested in defending the performance of the IC against criticism that arose after the surprise of 9/11 and in the dubious intelligence that was used to fuel Operation Iraqi Freedom. While he is correct that much of these criticisms were unfair, it is also true that the IC as a whole and CIA in particular could have done a lot better than they did in both instances. Indeed some of Hulnick's comments appear very one sided. For example, he points out that in his experience the clandestine CIA officers he encountered were always knowledgeable, target smart, and culturally sensitive. Yet this is not a complete picture.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was fortunate enough to study under Art Hulnick as an undergraduate. He is a fascinating man with an intelligence background that started in the Air Force intelligence, then moved to the CIA where he stayed for about 30 years. He told some great stories about how George Bush Sr (when he was Director of Central Intelligence) would visit his office and sit on the corner of his desk. He is now (I certainly think) one of the best professors that Boston University has and is still an active leader in the examination of the intelligence process.

If you have an interest in how the intelligence community works, what is going on with it now, or want to take your love of Spy movies to the academic level, this is a great read. It is not dry, but instead a great source of information without being sensationalist.

This is a well written book, and it is CURRENT, which is a priority for me. In ten years though the explanations it lays out and the issues it addresses will still be relevant.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
How can the United States guard against terrorists? Arthur S. Hulnick's Keeping Us Safe: Secret Intelligence And Homeland Security covers the foundations of secret intelligence efforts and homeland security issues alike, explaining the need to revamp US intelligence operations to one more flexible in handling modern terrorist activities. The U.S. government's progress in establishing homeland security processes has been considerable, but more work is needed - and more adjustment of systems: Hulnick shows just where work should be revised to create a valuable program with new strategies and tactics.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on August 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The photo of the little girl at the airport pulling her own suitcase over the bars to enter the Threat Level Orange alert station was so cute, I thought this book would be on a level for an ordinary U. S. citizen to know what is going on. However, it is written by a former intelligence officer with inside knowledge of what has been happening and how it could be improved to insure our saftety both here in America and abroad.

He is a retired CIA officer who now teaches in Boston but he brings his insider's viewpoint to the updated research of the U. S. intelligence community as a reformer about intelligence (spy) reform. He wants to make us feel safe without denying our documented freedoms according to the Constitution of the United States in his liberty and security section. He calls this the ever-changing world of intelligence and seeks ways to break down the barriers between intelligence agencies and law enforcement. He is of the mind to restructure the intelligence game.

We sometimes need to be protected from the homeland security which is supposed to protect us. A guard at the metal detection center at the front door of the govt. building insisted on seeing my I.D.!!!! When I willingly showed him my Tennessee drivers licence with my photo, he confiscated it and would not return it (even though I am a native of this town, small in stature, white, female, of no danger to anyone); he held onto it until it was confirmed by the local police (perhaps he called the FBI, who knows?) that I have NOTHING, no record of criminal activity of any kind. A Clean Record, but he refused to believe it! I was treated as a criminal and denied my rights to my property -- the only I.D. I had which he kept hostage as I stood there crying.

Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse