This to shall pass
This book is a depiction of the CIA in the passing of an era. It is an era of sacrifice and idealism, of an almost childlike faith that the upper echelons will do the right thing, that goodness will prevail. It leaves one with a wistful feeling, even when it describes the flat-footed failures of CIA middle management. We see an organization is transition, and that transition is to a mendacious mediocrity. It fosters a feeling of hopelessness until one realizes that no change is permanent, neither the decline of a noble institution nor its much anticipated rebirth.