This book offers many rational, dispassionate insights into the war on terror. Friedman does not go easy on the U.S.'s missteps and dissemblings, but neither does he obsess on them like the disloyal left is wont to do. Instead, he provides a balanced expose on the behind-the-scenes machinations and how the gears of decision-making turn in Washington, the capitals of Europe, and the caves of Afghanistan.
Now, the narration... truly distracting, especially since the narrator pronounced the end of every third or fourth sentence with a comma instead of a period. Amateurish.
The pieces don't fit. The information and point of view presented by Mr. Friedman appear to be a revisionist's view of the Iraq and Afganistan Wars. He has interesting theories but be sure to read other authors to get a well rounded picture. Much information was left out of his story to make his pieces fit. He appeared to have information not available to U.S. Intelligence (knowing what Al Sistani was thinking and planning)yet closed his chapter on Tora Bora saying we don't know what happened. While it is an interesting perspective and easy listening, don't be taken in until you have read other accounts. It is careful not to make the administration (except Donald Rumsfeld) look bad. It is the rosiest picture of the war I have read yet. It would be interesting to see how he spins the last 6 months of the Iraq war.
This is one of the most poorly written fact based books I have ever read. The author continually jumps from coming to a fact based answer to jumping from solid facts to his beliefs and thoughts on what he says people thought and why they took action. George packs the facts and his ideas so close together that it is sometimes difficult to separate them. He never makes the clear separation and makes it more of a historical fiction as if he is the main character, present and around for every major incident. I do not recommend this book to anyone who like scholastic material. If you like to shake your head continually and to laugh at his pathetic attempts at making connection, then this book is for you. Enjoy!
Biran Emerson's reading drove me a little crazy, it's not his voice, it's the way his tone fluctuates because he's
Only if it's edited.
If you have an axe to grind with either political persuasion in the War on Terror then you are bound to be tweaked at some point, but in a refreshing way. The author does a great job in taking an objective approach and repeatedly reminds us that nations, states and individuals can most certainly be predicted to act in a way that best serves their own self-interests. Impressive command of intelligence, but some holes are evident when you hear code phrases like ?for some strange reason? or ?inexplicably?. Some of those gaps in Stratfor?s intelligence are filled with reading of other materials, particularly from sources who were actually involved with the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. When you finish this selection, you?re going to have a more global view on the situation.
Ok listen, to get an appreciation of geopolitics, too much for my taste. Had to force myself to get through about half of it.