Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

A former top CIA executive captures the incredible pressure, bravery, and uncertainty of an agency pushed to the brink.

When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at Langley. Almost overnight, an intelligence organization converted itself into a weaponized warfighting machine, one that raised questions about how far America would go to pursue al-Qa’ida. Now, more than fifteen years later, ex-CIA executive Philip Mudd comes forward with a never-before-told account of the 9/11 story, one that illuminates the profound impact that enhanced interrogation techniques and other initiatives known internally as “The Program” took on those who administered them. With unprecedented access to officials at the highest levels―including Director George Tenet―Mudd goes beyond the 2014 Senate report to show us what life was really like at the CIA prisons and why interrogators were forced to make decisions that they still ponder today. As hair-raising as it is revelatory, Black Site shows us the tragedy and triumph of the CIA during its most difficult hour.

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  • Michael

    I received this book through a Good Reads “First Reads” giveaway. Black Site, authored by the former Deputy Director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, Philip Mudd, is an examination of the d...

  • Carl Brookins

    Here is an eye-opening, compelling inside narrative of our premiere intelligence agency during one of the most upsetting periods in the life of our nation. Remember that the Central Intelligence Agenc...

  • Stephen

    A good review of the very specific topic of the CIA post 9-11. The trip down memory lane to the way we were thinking back then, and Obama’s turn against the actors who did exactly what a lot of peop...

  • Trina

    Kind of a slog. I started Black Site but didn’t stick with it... A pity because I like listening to Philip Mudd on CNN a lot. He’s got strong, snappy opinions & expresses them well. But not here. ...

  • Agatha Glowacki

    Surprisingly thorough. A little too apologetic though ...