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Constructing Cassandra: Reframing Intelligence Failure at the CIA, 1947–2001 Hardcover – 21 Aug 2013

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  • Hardcover: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford Security Studies; 1 edition (21 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804785805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804785808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,735,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This smoothly written and sophisticated study of intelligence analysis will appeal to a broad audience . . . [The authors'] social science approach, lack of ideological bias, and ability to dissect organizational behavior produce a masterful account . . . Recommended."--A. Klinghoffer "CHOICE "

"This important book will provoke a debate within the Intelligence Community that will expose new truths and frame current intelligence dilemmas in a new light. Its emphasis on the social nature of intelligence analysis will contribute to a new understanding of the intelligence process."--Jim Breckenridge, Executive Director, Institute for Intelligence Studies "Mercyhurst University "

"The authors should be complimented for providing a fresh look at the functioning of the CIA as they analyze the commonalities underlying its numerous intelligence failures. The book touches upon some of the most profound issues that have divided the Directorate of Intelligence as it struggles to understand the often complex and confusing international realities with a special emphasis on the analytical tradition of Sherman Kent, the intellectually architect of the DI. It is a welcome addition to the literature on intelligence failures and a timely remainder of the difficulties that American intelligence faces in coping with the Arab Spring."--Ofira Seliktar, Professor of Political Science "Gratz College "

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"This smoothly written and sophisticated study of intelligence analysis will appeal to a broad audience . . . [The authors'] social science approach, lack of ideological bias, and ability to dissect organizational behavior produce a masterful account . . . Recommended." (A. Klinghoffer CHOICE)

"The authors should be complimented for providing a fresh look at the functioning of the CIA as they analyze the commonalities underlying its numerous intelligence failures. The book touches upon some of the most profound issues that have divided the Directorate of Intelligence as it struggles to understand the often complex and confusing international realities with a special emphasis on the analytical tradition of Sherman Kent, the intellectually architect of the DI. It is a welcome addition to the literature on intelligence failures and a timely remainder of the difficulties that American intelligence faces in coping with the Arab Spring." (Ofira Seliktar, Professor of Political Science)

"This important book will provoke a debate within the Intelligence Community that will expose new truths and frame current intelligence dilemmas in a new light. Its emphasis on the social nature of intelligence analysis will contribute to a new understanding of the intelligence process." (Jim Breckenridge, Executive Director, Institute for Intelligence Studies)

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