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Leon Panetta served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and as secretary of defense from 2011 to 2013. An Italian American Democrat, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1977 to 1993, the director of the Office of Management and Budget from 1993 to 1994, and President Clinton's chief of staff from 1994 to 1997. He is the founder of the Panetta Institute for Public Policy and has served as professor of public policy at his alma mater, Santa Clara University. Jim Newton is editor at large of the Los Angeles Times and the author of two critically acclaimed biographies.
"Very readable, with the frank descriptions of personalities and events that distinguish this genre at its best." --David Ignatius, The Washington Post "Young people searching for the role model of a public servant will find few as good as Panetta. . . . A playbook for how to behave with integrity in a city with limited virtue." --Leslie H. Gelb, The New York Times Book Review