The following is a suggested list of books on intelligence and national security issues. Purchase is not required.
- M. Lowenthal, Intelligence: From Secrets to Policy, 5th edition (Washington, DC CQ Press, 2011). The best and most well known introduction to the role of US intelligence.
- Robert Jervis, Why Intelligence Fails: Lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War (Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 2010). An analysis of the cognitive and bureaucratic obstacles to analysis by a recognized leading scholar in the field of foreign policy and intelligence.
- Paul R. Pillar, Intelligence and U.S. Foreign Policy: Iraq, 9/11 and Misguided Reform (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011). An insightful yet provocative assessment of intelligence’s utility and misuse by policymakers.
- G. Treverton, Reshaping National Intelligence for an Age of Information (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001). A scholar and practitioner’s view of how the intelligence enterprise needs to be reformed, which takes a critical look at intelligence agencies’ preoccupation with secrecy and reliance on secret sources.
- L. Johnson and J. Wirtz, Intelligence and National Security: The Secret World of Spies: An Anthology (Los Angeles, CA: Roxbury Publishing Company, 2008). An excellent collection of articles that surveys key intelligence issues, including the challenges of analysis and collection, politicization, covert action, and the ethics of intelligence.
- George and J. Bruce (eds), Analyzing Intelligence: Origins, Obstacles, and Innovations (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2008). A collection of articles focused on improving the profession of intelligence analysis written by leading practitioners and scholars.