In 2014, a leaked copy of the Directorate of Intelligence Style Manual & Writer's Guide for Intelligence Publications found its way to the Internet. That long title belies what it actually is: A fascinating, and very well-written, style book for the CIA—a.k.a. Within the manual's 181 pages (not including the index) is a terrific guide for normal folks, and not just government sleuths. The CIA will call you out on your shaky grammar, even if you are a Founding Father. According to the style book, redundant phrases \"expose bad habits or, worse, carelessness.