Below you will find a list of books that members of the Geopolitical Futures team are currently reading. It highlights insightful and relevant books from around the globe and the reasons we chose them.
Beyond Repair: The Decline and Fall of the CIA
By Charles S. Faddis
George Friedman: This book was written by an old hand at the CIA, asking the question of why the CIA has declined in effectiveness. His answer is in part the rise of professional management. Management is a necessary evil, but it inevitably puts people in charge of an organization who are good at organizing things but not necessarily good at executing what they organize. At the CIA, tension exists between the management of vast resources and the experience of being out in the field, alone, needing to make decisions and take action. Good management is about creating rules and expectations. Intelligence is about reacting to the unplanned. The world is chaotic, and understanding chaos (or bits of it at least) and