pros and cons
This is an outstanding collection and it's an absolutely luxury to be able to listen to this on audiobook. My only complaint is that it's read by someone who seems to speak no languages (or have no exposure to languages) other than English. This leeds to a hackneyed butchering of the names of many of the key thinkers covered in this text. Derrida, for example, becomes "Dereeda," making him sound like a commercial snack food. We are also treated to "Mike" Foucault. This is a minor complaint, but it happens so regularly throughout the text that it is quite jarring. It seems to me, that if you're going to narrate a 50 hour long book, it wouldn't be a terrible thing to confirm simple things like how to pronounce its subjects. Otherwise, this is fabulous.
This is an amazing story, very well-written and very well-read. The author tells the incredible and moving story of the beak-in of the media FBI office, and the subsequent release of previously secret files that gave huge insight into the FBI and Hoover's control of it.
But she goes further to explain events since and the dangers of more recent events, like the Patriot Act.