I've read and researched every book written on intelligence in the middle east and this one of the best on the topic. This is a story which everyone needs to read, to understand the sacrifices and tough decisions that our intelligence agents make everyday.
At first, I thought this was a pretty good book. It started out and spent a decent amount of time going into detail about the Achaemenid empire. Oddly enough, the author even covers the Qajar dynasty, which many books skim over. Unfortunately, it became extremely obvious the author was biased once the 1900s arrived. As soon as the author began to describe the Pahlavi dynasty, the blame game began. Everything is the fault of the British, US, and the evil capitalists.
For a book about Iranian history, it's incredible that the author spends about 10 minutes talking about H.I.M. Muhammad Reza Shah. Even if someone hates what the Shah did or stood for, no historical record of Iran could be complete without spending at least an entire chapter on the time period between 1900 and 1979.
To make matters worse, the author actually appears to be a supporter of the post-79 regime that has murdered so many, and destroyed the nation.
Another aspect of the book that is bad is that the author's personal feelings towards American leaders, notably Republican George Bush, is obviously very negative. When I'm listening to a book about Iranian history, the last thing I want to hear is the author's personal feelings. Especially anti-American rhetoric.
The author mistakingly states that before Obama, no one had tried to talk or negotiate with Iran. This is absolutely false, as every single US President has made many attempts to communicate and in fact, negotiate with the monsters.
The only way that this book makes sense is if the author is an IRGC employee. The nonsense at the end about the nuclear investigations makes it very clear that he is biased or simply on the regime's payroll.
If you want to read a good, historical record about Iran, pick up a copy of Amir Taheri's The Persian Night.
Anyone who is interested in capitalism should read this great book. The voices are better than I could have imagined. Especially for Barney Frank.
This is Charles Koch's book. What more do you need to know? If you're in the world of business management and you don't immediately have a need to read the book based on the author, you may be in the wrong industry.
Fantastic book, short and to the point. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in dynamic management skills.
I have read just about every book there is to read on this subject, and am an Iranian myself. I appreciate this book and the direction from which it is written, however I would have preferred it without the political slant.
It's very clear that the author has a dislike for Bush 43, and that gets in the way of the content of the book. It's unfortunate that such an in depth book is hindered by political views.
The authors anti-Bush rhetoric isn't the only negative. The author also goes on to blame Iran's problems on everyone but Iran. He's sympathetic to the jurisprudence in Iran, and makes the case that the rest of the world hasn't tried to negotiate or engage them, which is false.
A much better, less politically skewed work, is Amir Taheri's The Persian Night, also available here on Audible.
Overall a pretty good book, but could have been probably half the length. I liked it, but I think it rambled on a bit.
Not this version. There were so many times when you could hear whispering in the background and voice of the narrator cutting off.
The story itself, it's a classic.
See my above comments.
Wish others would read it.
The author could have stuck to the facts and the story, instead of dedicating nearly the entire book to promoting his pro-Obama agenda.
I never write bad reviews on here, it's pretty rare, so you know it's bad.
No, other authors in this genre don't write a book in the hopes of getting their candidate elected. Most are unbiased and care about the "facts."
No, he was quiet...unless the preview shows better.
Probably 80% of it. Nearly the entire book is a "rah rah Obama!" pep rally.
I was really really disappointed as Mark Bowden's book on the Mogadishu incident was so much better. I've known that Mark Bowden is clearly a Democrat, and that's fine, but wow, this book is just sad. I can't recommend it.
Really enjoyed this, if you like the movie, you should listen to this book to get the real story.
If you are interested in Middle Eastern history as it pertains to terrorism, then this is your main read. This is the book by which all others in this genre should be compared.
I loved the narrator of this audio book. I highly recommend it, especially for anyone who is interested in the psychology of man.
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