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Stephen

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  • The Longest War: America and Al-Qaeda Since 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Peter L. Bergen
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    In The Longest War, Peter Bergen offers a comprehensive history of this war and its evolution, from the strategies devised in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Weaving together internal documents from al-Qaeda and the U.S. offices of counterterrorism, first-person interviews with top-level jihadists and senior Washington officials, along with his own experiences on the ground in the Middle East, Bergen balances the accounts of each side.

    Jeffrey Dame says: "very good, completes the picture - take a listen"
    "Wow! What a disappointment!"
    Overall

    I very rarely write a review of anything that I purchase online but I felt like I had to for this book. I don't think that I've been more disappointed by a book in my life. Based on the description of the book, I really expected to get insight into the strategy, tactics, and history of the rise of militant Islam and the ongoing war against terrorism. Instead I got a book nearly entirely dedicated to the bashing of the Bush administration. Not that I would have a problem with that except that this is not how the book is described. To top it all off, in the bashing of the Bush administration, the author often uses the same flimsy and unsubstantiated evidence to criticize the Bush administration as Bush used to make decisions on the so called "War on Terror". I'm by no means a neo-conservative Bush apologist but this book was really poorly written and especially poorly described. Unless you really love everything related to the bashing of Bush (for nearly 17 hours of your life), I would seriously suggest that you steer clear of this book. I wonder if Audible.com gives refunds.

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