I must admit that I've gone from being disdainful of George Tenet, to being an admirer. This wasn't the book that changed my opinion -that was "The One Percent Doctrine", Ron Suskind - but this book confirms my feelings.
There are no new startling revelations in this book, but it is probably the best insider view we will ever get during a critical time in world history.
Why only 4 stars? The narration and writing style quite match. Making the book slow going at times, and at other times making the authors quips fall very flat
It is as though the publisher told the author you need an American angle. One third of the book is given over to Wes Santee. No doubt Wes was a great runner, but he never raced either Banister or Landy, and never broke the 4 minute mile.
This makes the Wes Santee portion of the the book a "would a could a should a" tale, that is at odds with the rest of the book
I was hoping for an introduction to Conservatism, and its under pinning philosophies. All that this book provides is an over wordy, and boring uncritical recitation of the lives of the author's heroes.
Changing the narrator at book six was big disappointment. I'm not willing to say the current narrator was bad, but he was different. That in itself is a jarring change and detracts from the story. This makes a weak book worse. The time paradox, is probably the weakest of the series, and it may be the the author has run out of ideas for this character. If you have listened to the previous books, like me, you need to listen to this book too, but be prepared to be disappointed. It is not a bad book, but it has fallen back to "the pack", and this is a fall from greatness
I've read many Paul Johnson books, but this my first listen.
His books are reasonably interesting, but like all "non-fiction" they have to be read and listened to in with the author's biases in mind.
This book seems to suffer more than others, from the author's pro English conservative biases. Admittedly the period of Irish history addressed in this book, is entwined with England, but this book would be better titled “an English history in Ireland”.
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