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Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad

Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad

by John O. Brennan
Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad

Undaunted: My Fight Against America's Enemies, At Home and Abroad

by John O. Brennan


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"John Brennan is one of the hardest-working, most patriotic public servants I've ever seen, and our country is better off for it. As president, he was one of my closest advisors and a great friend. And in his memoir, Undaunted, you'll see why. I hope you'll read it."
President Barack Obama

A powerful and revelatory memoir from former CIA director John Brennan, spanning his more than thirty years in government.

Friday, January 6, 2017: On that day, as always, John Brennan’s alarm clock was set to go off at 4:15 a.m. But nothing else about that day would be routine. That day marked his first and only security briefing with President-elect Donald Trump. And it was also the day John Brennan said his final farewell to Owen Brennan, his father, the man who had taught him the lessons of goodness, integrity, and honor that had shaped the course of an unparalleled career serving his country from within the intelligence community.

In this brutally honest memoir, Brennan, the son of an Irish immigrant who settled in New Jersey, describes the life that took him from being a young CIA recruit enamored with the mystique of spy work, secretly defiant enough to drive a motorcycle and sport a diamond earring, and invigorated by his travels in the Middle East to being the most powerful individual in American intelligence. He details his experiences with very different presidents and what it’s been like to bear responsibility for some of the nation’s most crucial and polarizing national security decisions.

He pulls back the curtain on the inner workings of the Agency, describing the selfless, patriotic, and invisible work of the women and men involved in national security. He also examines the insularity, arrogance, and myopia that have, at times, undermined its reputation in the eyes of the American people and of members of other branches of government. Through topics ranging from George W. Bush’s intervention in Iraq to his thoughts on the CIA’s controversial use of enhanced interrogation techniques to his eye-opening account of the planning of the raid that resulted in Bin Laden’s death to his realization that Russia had interfered with the 2016 election, Brennan brings the reader behind the scenes of some of the most crucial moments in recent U.S. history. He also candidly discusses the times he has failed to live up to his own high standards and the very public fallouts that have resulted. With its behind-the-scenes look at how major U.S. national security policies and actions unfolded during his long and distinguished career—especially during his eight years in the Obama administration—John Brennan’s memoir is a work of history with strong implications for the future of America and our country’s relationships with other world powers.

Undaunted: My Fight Against America’s Enemies, at Home and Abroad offers a rare and insightful look at the often-obscured world of national security, the intelligence profession, and Washington’s chaotic political environment. But more than that, it is a portrait of a man striving for integrity; for himself, for the CIA, and for his country.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250241764
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publication date: 09/27/2022
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

John O. Brennan was one of President Obama's most trusted national security advisors during all eight years of the Obama Administration, first as assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism and then as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Mr. Brennan had previously worked in the CIA from 1980 to 2005, where he specialized in Middle Eastern affairs and counterterrorism and served as President Clinton's daily intelligence briefer. Mr. Brennan received a bachelor's degree in political science from Fordham University in 1977 and a master's degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Preface 1

1 Friday, January 6, 2017 5

2 Jersey Boy 20

3 Coming of Age 31

4 Discovering the Middle East 37

5 "So, You Are Interested in Joining the CIA?" 43

6 Out of Operations 54

7 John of Arabia 67

8 Analyze This 78

9 Countering Terror 84

10 Briefing the "First Customers" 92

11 Saudi Arabia Redux 106

12 Back at Langley During Stormy Times 118

13 Falling Short 129

14 The Challenge of a Government "Start-Up" 138

15 A New TAC(K) 155

16 Joining the Obama Team 168

17 Working in the West Wing 189

18 Taking Life to Save Life 209

19 The "Pacer" of Abbottabad 225

20 Factoring in Fourth-Order Effects 249

21 Second Shot at the Best Job in Government 272

22 Stirring the CIA Pot 284

23 A Tortured Senate Report 302

24 Oh, the People I've Met 331

25 Dealing with Russian Intrigue 349

26 What the Hell Just Happened? 378

27 Undaunted 391

Acknowledgments 411

Glossary 417

Principal Characters 425

Index 433

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