"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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About the Author
Table of Contents
Author's Note xi
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
Principal Characters 425