Intelligence in War: The value–and limitations–of what the military can learn about the enemy/John Keegan

Many, many trees. Many of them. A whole lot. Trees, trees and more trees. More than enough. Too many.

Very little forest. Not enough (more’s the pity, as he arrives at the correct conclusions ).

A Legacy of Spies: John LeCarre

When it comes to LeCarre, there is “Good John” (almost all the non-Smiley) and “Bad John” (most of the Smiley). This being a ‘Smiley’ offering, the book is not only by my definition, “Bad John,” but also pretty pedestrian writing. The one thing the Smiley contributions do do well is highlighting the mendacity, paucity and amorality of the intelligence profession as a whole.