My book hits the New York Review of Books

It’s been a long while since I mentioned my book, Still Broken, but it continues to garner positive attention and reviews, and I imagine some of you missed it the first time around, so let me encourage our fine readers once again to check it out if you haven’t yet. It’s a first-hand account of my time working for the Defense Intelligence Agency, essentially the spy arm of the Department of Defense, as an Iraq analyst both at the Pentagon and in Baghdad. It discusses the continued manipulation and mismanagement of intelligence, at home and in the field, and is the only ground-level book I’m aware of written by an intel analyst who worked on Iraq. A lot of people think we’ve moved past the failures that led to 9/11 and the WMD debacle, but not only are those problems continuing, they’re being institutionalized. Not good.

The latest book attention comes via the New York Review of Books, where Thomas Powers, a true expert on intelligence issues and a fine writer and reporter, includes it in an exploration of the war in a historical context. It’s sort of a quasi-review, more oriented toward discussion than evaluation, and there are a bunch of books listed at the top, but mine is really the only one that’s specifically addressed in detail. I’m flattered that it made it into NYRB — almost certainly the premier literary/intellectual journal in the nation and a famously insular publication not necessarily prone to featuring a young, inexperienced, and (let’s be honest) unsophisticated author such as myself. So it’s pretty cool, and the entire piece is well worth a read.

So again, check it out if you haven’t already, and if you have read it, consider reviewing it on Amazon so other people know it’s worth their time as well.

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