From Publishers Weekly
Scheuer—an author, narrator, former CIA agent and chief, and Georgetown University professor—has a hand in every aspect of this book. Detailing the ways in which U.S. foreign policy has actually been working against the country since the Cold War, Scheuer's material is detailed, fascinating and well researched. His role as narrator, however, fails to live up to the high standards he has set for himself. While his delivery is firm and clear, he tries much to hard to impress the listener and convey his material in a straightforward manner, so as not to lose anyone along the way. His voice becomes machine-like and drones on, losing the audience he is trying so hard to retain. The material might be enough to keep many involved, but casual listeners will be disappointed.
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About the Author
is a twenty-plus-year CIA veteran. From 1996 to 1999, he
served as the Chief of the bin Laden unit (aka Alec Station), the Osama bin
Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center. He then worked as Special
Adviser to the Chief of the bin Laden unit from September 2001 to November 2004.
He resigned from the CIA in 2004. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of
Security Studies at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown
Foundation, writing regularly for its online publication Global Terrorism
. He lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.