From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against Al Qaeda after September 11.
Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don't know that Bin Laden's death was the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors.
Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television's 24, Rodriguez's sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency's Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America's fiercest foes.
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a 31-year career, to being America's top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as "legal, necessary, and effective interrogation[s]".
Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA's efficiency - even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.
©2012 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster
"Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterror victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness. In this book, he provides concrete details about the value of the Agency's interrogation program of terrorists - a program which thwarted terrorist attacks and has made America safer." (General Michael V. Hayden, USAF [Ret.] Former Director of Central Intelligence)
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"for and against"
The author, in a way that reminds me of John Mcain in his autobiography, is ready to question everyone else's integrity and decisions but never his own. the lack of self criticism takes away from this book. also the bitching about the FBI is pretty tiresome at times
Yes. he's been in a powerful, exclusive position and has experience that puts him in a position to tell us a lot of interesting stuff. the interesting stuff is present but so is some pretty dull stuff
Yes. Not outstanding but he settled in to his narration and didn't show off or impose himself
There are some really interesting and informative sections but Jose spends a little more time than i think he should have done on some pretty uninteresting bugbears he has. It's his autobiography so of course he has the right but if you, like me, are more interested in the job than the man yo might want to skip some sections.
"Not politically slanted as I expected"
First hand account
The author explained the process so precisely & gave the reader the best understanding of the motives and logic behind the decisions that are used within the intel community to keep our citizens safe. I trust now, even less than I ever have, the media for taking the work of these individuals so far out of context. The sad thing is, so much has been revealed as a result of the fact that the CIA had to defend themselves that we may less safe as a nation than before this issue was raised.
That the folks within the Intel Community are humans too!
How blatantly un-American our Liberal media has become.
Very definately worth the time to read/listen!
"One of the best books on the war on terror!"
This is by far the magnum opus of terrorism history books. You can't get any more direct than from the man who ran the Counter-Terrorism Center for the CIA. Most of the books I read (or listen to) are pretty good. But this book is great, in fact, it's perfect. I was very sad to hear it end.
It's because of men like Jose Rodriguez, that I am able to sit inside the US and write this review. Thank you to such a great American hero.
In addition to this book, I highly recommend Marc Thiessen's Courting Disaster book.
"That's a story that needed to be told!"
Written by a person who led the interrogation of some of the worst terrorists....and he justifies the treatment those killers deserve!
"Necessary summary of post 9/11 CIA activity!"
Less than 15% of the 900+ books in my Audible library are non fiction, yet more than 15% of my reviews are of non-fiction books. My issue with this book is I'm uncertain how much of it is true and how much, if any, is self serving fiction. The book was released 3.5 years ago and it is among the long since listened to audiobooks in my Audible library.
As ex-chief of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center Jose Rodriguez certainly has the CIA background and first hand experience to write this book. On balance I am inclined to view Hard Measures as a factual recounting.
In any case, Hard Measures is a very worthwhile, even necessary, listen. Rodriguez's justification for aggressive interrogation techniques is especially worthwhile. Rodriguez is a true hero and his story needed to be told to the US public. I do not detect a political slant.
"Truth beyond media and politics"
The book was well written.
How the slanted news media twisted truth to further their discrediting of G. W. Bush.
He spoke very well making the book more enjoyable and presented the author in a personal light.
No. It did make me frustrated at how politics and the news media work to paint a patriot in the most negative light by using lies. Truth is not what they are about. We really can't believe anything they say because it is filter through their politically slanted pen.
"Excellent job by José Rodriguez,"
accurate and thoughtful. I had waited until this was published on audible so I could listen all the way through as I wanted to not miss some details as often is the case when picking up and coming back to a story with great detail.
Mr. Rodriguez tells the accurate account of what really happened with regards to the destruction of the tapes. The embellished and false portrayal of some greater conspiracy that was imposed on us by the media (specifically the NYT) and other arm chair quarterbacks, legal 'experts', politicians and others about his actions are clearly seen as lies after José explains how and why he did what he did.
His career was by far one of the more interesting I've ever heard - he was a major asset to our clandestine services and he most certainly saved American lives.
José Rodriguez is a true patriot.
This book answered many questions I had in a way I haven't encountered in other media and general reporting. It is good to have a deeper understanding of headlines once read.
I completely enjoyed the book. It provided an objective presentation of the facts and insight into Washington politics. Inspiring story about doing what's right and leadership.
"A must read for those who have questions"
Rodriguez takes us through his career with the Central Intelligence Agency. A career that included that period of time surrounding September 11, 2001.
In this book you will learn exactly how many were water boarded, who was water boarded and what was gained from it. He also tells us in, no uncertain terms, why enhanced interrogation is needed in this day and age.
This book is a must listen for those who still think war and espionage must be played by the Marquess of Queensberry rules. You will come away with a harsh does of the reality the United States and the rest of the world face today.
This one will hold your interest and it makes the miles go by fast.
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