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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Paperback – May 20, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Pulitzer Prize–winner Weiner combed through the history books and recently declassified records to offer up this fascinating, comprehensive and sometimes appalling history of the Central Intelligence Agency. Weiner documents everything from the agency's formation in the aftermath of WWII to its failure to prevent the events of September 11, 2001, and every misstep, blunder and international incident in between. For an important book like this one, it's important for an audiobook narrator to have a certain gravitas, and Rudnicki has plenty. His deep, resonant voice keeps the listener riveted and is ideally suited to the serious, historical—and often grim—subject matter. Rudnicki occasionally uses accents to add flavor to the text when reading quotations, but for the most part wisely eschews this practice and simply brings Weiner's words to life. Rudnicki is one of the best narrators in the business, and he's in top form here—Legacy of Ashes is one of the best audiobooks of the year.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From Bookmarks Magazine
Tim Weiner, multiple Pulitzer Prize winner, longtime New York Times reporter, and the author of Betrayal: The Story of Aldrich Ames, American Spy (1995) and Blank Check: The Pentagon's Black Budget (1991) hits his marks in Legacy of Ashes. Drawing on more than 50,000 documents and 300 on-the-record interviews with key players (10 of them former directors of the agency; all of the book's many notes and quotations are attributed), Weiner treats his subject with a ruthless, journalistic eye, skewering Republican and Democratic administrations alike for the CIA's slide into mediocrity. One critic finds a weakness in Weiner's exuberant dismantling of the old guard at the expense of more contemporary analysis. Still, this is an important book that will capture the attention of anyone interested in the CIA's checkered history.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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It will explain how we are trying to interfere into other nations' affair and supporting their corrupted leaders and dictators in order to
protect our interests.
Sometimes, we wonder if all this fortunes that are spent on supporting the leaders were spent in a wise way to help the people of these nations, we would have
been very popular among them.
This tomb makes it clear that Bush did not lie about anything concerning the war against Iraq. The CIA simply does not know what it is talking about. Bush may have been dumb to trust our intelligence community, but he was badly served by it every step of the way into Iraq, and since the invasion.
The author is asking for something to be done about the woeful state of our intelligence gathering ability. After reading his book a person will have to agree he is right. Without a good intelligence service America is doomed to keep making errors on the world stage that will hamper its ability to protect itself.
While we (are) were being lied to this is what was really happening.