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Guardian: Life in the Crosshairs of the CIA's War on Terror Hardcover – May 7, 2019
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“Tom’s book takes the reader through Tom’s twenty-four years of experience working in protective operations, counterterrorism, along with conducting security training programs in high-risk locations such as Mogadishu, Sudan, Bosnia, Philippines, and Iraq.
Although not intended to be a Protective Services Training Manual, Tom’s book supplies more educational content than most books that are meant to be training manuals. After more than forty plus years providing Protective Driving services, I was especially impressed with Tom’s discussion of how he and his team escaped a vehicle ambush in Mogadishu. Along with ‘Getting Off The X,’ Tom discusses the process used to get a severely wounded comrade back to safety. The end result is saving the individual’s life. This event is only one of the many real-life learning experiences that present the reader with invaluable lessons learned.
The book not only discusses the operational aspects of his career, but Tom also covers the seldom talked about toll that these professions can take on your personal life. He concludes his book with an outstanding discussion on the sorely needed topic of leadership in protective services operations, which in itself is worth reading the book.
You will not find many books that cover the topics and lessons learned from the experiences presented in Tom’s book, simply because few people on this planet have experienced these events and are willing to share their knowledge.” -- Tony Scotti, President of the International Security Driver’s Association (ISDA), editor of the Security Driver Magazine, and Executive Vice President of Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute (TSVDI)
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.38 pounds
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1642930474
- ISBN-13 : 978-1642930474
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Post Hill Press (May 7, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #164,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author shared his ups and downs consistently through the book. His ability to navigate the bureaucracy of an agency such as his is award winning in and of itself. His leadership principles are down to earth and easily followed and are very much grounded in common sense.
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But therein lies the problem, the book largely reads like a mix between a travel diary and a very long form CV that at times simply repeats itself.
It's not that I doubt the author saw a lot of action, clearly he saw some in Mogadishu, but by and large, whatever he did see is barely mentioned in the book.
I'm not really sure what to take away from this book, either life in the CIA is relatively uneventful for some staff, or it's eventful and you're not allowed to write about the truly interesting stuff. It's probably a good read for someone wanting to see how relatively tame and mundane a career in the CIA can be, but it certainly lacks the action you'll find from books by front line soldiers and pilots for example.
In summary, the reality is, I just don't care for a list of responsibilities the author has in each of his postings, nor do I care what forms he was responsible for creating - I do all that myself in a run of the mill office job too. I was just hoping that reading about life in the CIA would be a bit more exciting than that.