The 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

David Priess


each president has had a different and intricate dating with the intelligence group. whereas a few were coolly far-off, even antagonistic, others have came across their intelligence enterprises to be one of the Most worthy tools of coverage and power.

Since John F. Kennedy’s presidency, this dating has been distilled right into a customized day-by-day record: a quick precis of what the intelligence equipment considers the main the most important details for the president to grasp that day approximately worldwide threats and possibilities. This top–secret rfile is called the President’s day-by-day short, or, inside nationwide safety circles, easily “the Book.” Presidents have spent anyplace from a number of moments (Richard Nixon) to a fit a part of their day (George W. Bush) fed on by way of its contents; a few (Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush) examine it a long way and away crucial record they observed regularly whereas commander in chief.

The info of so much PDBs are hugely categorised, and may stay so for a few years. however the technique in which the intelligence neighborhood develops and offers the booklet is an interesting inspect the operation of strength on the maximum degrees. David Priess, a former intelligence officer and day-by-day briefer, has interviewed each residing president and vice chairman in addition to a couple of hundred others in detail concerned with the construction and supply of the president's booklet of secrets and techniques. He bargains an remarkable window into the choice making of each president from Kennedy to Obama, with many character–rich tales published right here for the 1st time.

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