PanThe Wall Street JournalDespite harsh criticisms of our post 9/11 record, Ms. Brooks’s book is not intended as a polemic. Her aim, she says, is to help America become a force for good in the world, and to that end she proposes reforms. Unfortunately, they are often vague or utopian ... moments of insight aside, Ms. Brooks’s general analysis is often tendentious ... She sweeps up widely different policies in a simplistic thesis and overbroad assertions.
Michael V. Hayden
PositiveThe Wall Street Journal“Playing to the Edge offers a full excursion through the contemporary challenges facing American intelligence, including cyber warfare, Russian aggression, and armed conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq. But it also presents an intimate personal portrait—an account of how its author came to be the man he is.