A fascinating subject, relatively well researched but written in a "You were there" style. ('Michelangelo was out of breath as he wiped his brow with his calloused hands and thought...." etc. More annoying was the uneducated pronunciation from the British reader who has a pleasant enough speaking voice but displays shocking ignorance of the classical field. These are not accepted English vs. American pronunciations, mind you. "Tacky-tiss' instead of Tacitus? There are many more of this sort, and I'm no snob. But she should have been coached properly and the recording edited. Otherwise, the book is worth a listen.
The facts are scary enough! A riveting account of CIA history from an experienced reporter who does not have an axe to grind. However, with access to recently declassified documents, the truth is damning, indeed. I learned more about the hidden realities of the Kennedy, Johnson and Eisenhower administrations than from all of my other books combined. Although I had always considered myself to be quite knowledgeable about the Nixon era, I was stunned by some of these recent revelations. Every American citizen should read this book to comprehend how the world sees the USA.
This book should be required reading for any American interested in our real foreign policy and its darker motivations and actions. The facts speak for themselves, and this is a well researched history. However, the author occasionally muses about what might have happened if our politicians had taken another course - this we will never know. Also, I found the reader's intonation to be rather stiff and his Henry Kissinger sounds more like Bela Lugosi. Perhaps intentional! Regardless, Overthrow is a riveting exploration of events, and listening to it late at night felt like being read an evil bedtime story.
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