Skimmed the last fourth of Spare: It was all Meghan Meghan Meghan. Harry was so besotted, he lost all objectivity and the book became a litany of grievances against the likes of Camilla and his brother. Even the ghostwriter seemed uninspired.
Began a new book in the wee hours: Spies, Lies and Algorithms: the History and Future of American Intelligence, by Amy B. Zegart, a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.
It’s an ambitious title. Glad to say the book (the first chapter, anyway) has no technical jargon. Zegart writes clearly and concisely, and marshalls a wide array of facts.
When U.S. Navy SEALS conducted their secret nighttime raid on Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani compound, Pakistan’s military didn’t detect a thing. But a local information technology consultant named Sohaib Athar did. Hearing strange noises, he took to Twitter. “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1 a.m. (is a rare event),” he posted. Athar ended up live tweeting the operation, including reporting when an explosion shook his windows.–Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: the History and Future of American Intelligence, pp. 5- 6
The “explosion” Sohaib Athar heard was likely the Seals blowing up the Blackhawk that crashed.