Have just finished reading Tim Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. It’s a big read, 702 pages including notes and index, but fascinating. I first wrote about the book in a post on March 1, so it’s taken me a month to read the book. Weiner covers national security for The New York Times and this is his third book. He won a Pulitzer for an earlier book, Betrayal. Legacy of Ashes details a litany of disasters at an organisation meant to provide the US government with accurate information. What amazes and fascinates me is the chasm between the bumbling reality of the CIA versus Hollywood’s portrayal of the agency as all-conquering hero. The CIA must have an excellent PR representative in Hollywood.