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Controversy for a Cause

We look for intellectual honesty at Armin Lear, and sometimes we see it in a controversial book. Neutering the CIA: Why US Intelligence Versus Trump Has Long-Term Consequences by John A. Gentry, PhD. is such a book. We chose to release it on July 26 because in 2019, the U.S. Senate designated July 26 “United States Intelligence Professionals Day.” It was a bi-partisan resolution, adopted by unanimous consent, to celebrate the “courage, fidelity, sacrifice, and professionalism of the hardworking men and women of our nation’s intelligence agencies.” John’s book shows great respect for those professionals—his colleagues—at the same time he illuminates how their ability to function worldwide is undermined by the politicization of the CIA. The book is a vivid, yet scholarly, attempt to understand the causes and implications of a startling new political phenomenon. It does not assess or defend the Trump presidency, yet the evidence points to a harsh reality: The CIA President Trump inherited was set up to function with a conflicting agenda. Armin Lear Press is proud to bring this book to thinking people who care about democracy. We are also proud that that Neutering the CIA has been nominated for a National Book Award.

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