ISP Senior Fellow Paul Pope Reviews David Priess's book for Lawfare

Oct 27, 2016

Intelligence Studies Senior Fellow Paul Pope recently contributed to the Lawfare Blog with a book review of David Priess’s The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama (PublicAffairs, 2016).

J. Paul Pope, Clinical Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and Senior Fellow of the Intelligence Studies Project, recently contributed to the Lawfare Blog a book review of David Priess’s The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama (PublicAffairs, 2016.)

Pope praises Priess’s book as a skillful and unprecedented history of executive intelligence briefings. The President’s Book of Secrets, Pope writes, addresses an area of scholarship that was previously under-explored, partly due to declassification rules. The review includes an overview of Priess’s accounts of how briefings were introduced to--and how intelligence support varied for--each President. These histories, Pope writes, reveal personal insights into how American Presidents have viewed and made use of the vital resource of intelligence.

To read the full book review click here.

The book’s author, David Priess, is tentatively scheduled to visit Austin next spring as a guest of the ISP to deliver public remarks. Stay tuned to our upcoming events!