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The President's book of secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama

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Every president has had a unique and complicated relationship with the intelligence community. While some have been coolly distant, even adversarial, others have found their intelligence agencies to be among the most valuable instruments of policy and power. Since John F. Kennedy's presidency, this relationship has been distilled into a personalized daily report: a short summary of what the intelligence apparatus considers the most crucial information for the president to know that day about global threats and opportunities. This top-secret document is known as the President's Daily Brief, or, within national security circles, simply "the Book." Presidents have spent anywhere from a few moments (Richard Nixon) to a healthy part of their day (George W. Bush) consumed by its contents; some (Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush) consider it far and away the most important document they saw on a regular basis while commander in chief. The details of most PDBs are highly classified, and will remain so for many years. But the process by which the intelligence community develops and presents the Book is a fascinating look into the operation of power at the highest levels. David Priess, a former intelligence officer and daily briefer, has interviewed every living president and vice president as well as more than one hundred others intimately involved with the production and delivery of the president's book of secrets. He offers an unprecedented window into the decision making of every president from Kennedy to Obama, with many character-rich stories revealed here for the first time.
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subject_facetDiplomatic relations
Electronic books
Executive Branch -- American Government
History
Intelligence & Espionage -- POLITICAL SCIENCE
Intelligence service
Intelligence service -- United States -- History
National security
National security -- United States
Presidents
Presidents -- United States -- History
United States
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United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency
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title_displayThe President's book of secrets : the untold story of intelligence briefings to America's presidents, from Kennedy to Obama
title_fullThe President's Book of Secrets The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
The President's Book of Secrets The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama [eBook] Priess, David.
The President's book of secrets : the untold story of intelligence briefings to America's presidents, from Kennedy to Obama / David Priess
title_shortThe President's book of secrets
title_subThe Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
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Executive Branch
Foreign relations
History
Intelligence & Espionage
Intelligence service
National security
Nonfiction
Politics
Presidents