I bear no grudges, or at least not many, but I do want this to be a
straightforward and readable history for that slice of the American
population who depend on and appreciate intelligence, but who do
not have the time to master its many obscure characteristics.'
Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden also serves as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at George Mason University School of Public Policy.