The Assault on Intelligence - Michael V. Hayden

The Assault on Intelligence

By Michael V. Hayden

  • Release Date: 2019-05-07
  • Genre: Political Science
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 24 Ratings)


A blistering critique of the forces threatening the American intelligence community, beginning with the President of the United States himself, in a time when that community's work has never been harder or more important

In the face of a President who lobs accusations without facts, evidence, or logic, truth tellers are under attack. Meanwhile, the world order is teetering on the brink. North Korea is on the verge of having a nuclear weapon that could reach all of the United States, Russians have mastered a new form of information warfare that undercuts democracy, and the role of China in the global community remains unclear. There will always be value to experience and expertise, devotion to facts, humility in the face of complexity, and a respect for ideas, but in this moment they seem more important, and more endangered, than they've ever been. American Intelligence--the ultimate truth teller--has a responsibility in a post-truth world beyond merely warning of external dangers, and in The Assault on Intelligence, General Michael Hayden takes up that urgent work with profound passion, insight and authority.

It is a sobering vision. The American intelligence community is more at risk than is commonly understood, for every good reason. Civil war or societal collapse is not necessarily imminent or inevitable, but our democracy's core structures, processes, and attitudes are under great stress. Many of the premises on which we have based our understanding of governance are now challenged, eroded, or simply gone. And we have a President in office who responds to overwhelming evidence from the intelligence community that the Russians are, by all acceptable standards of cyber conflict, in a state of outright war against us, not by leading a strong response, but by shooting the messenger.

There are fundamental changes afoot in the world and in this country. The Assault on Intelligence shows us what they are, reveals how crippled we've become in our capacity to address them, and points toward a series of effective responses. Because when we lose our intelligence, literally and figuratively, democracy dies.


  • Was hoping for reason

    By Pechilvr
    Why did he lie under oath regarding gathering and collecting metadata when asked by Congress!
  • The Assault on Intelligence

    By aceijklsw
    This book is both excellent and important. Clearly stated, thoroughly researched, fact based statement on the situation we find our country and government in today. A succinct, differentiation between the bluster, defensive over reaction of an executive found wanting of reason and fact based truth. General Hayden, once again comes to the aid of his country and demonstrates his intellect, ability, sense of duty and love of country in this book
  • The Con Game

    By Malibu1328
    Perhaps Donald Trump should write a book ( if he knew how to spell) Absolutely ridiculous - the HELL that Trump has created since the moron took office. The Good Old Boys of America are going to destroy the world.
  • The Assault on Intelligence

    By Crazyguy
    Excellent Book, puts things in perspective and helps one understand the importance of maintaining our Constitution, separation of Power, and institutions
  • Poorly researched

    By ChristianRiley
    Seems poorly researched and more of a book of excuses to enable the Feds to retain power.