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Andrew

Tucson, AZ, USA

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  • The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1227)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (510)

    This is a sweeping narrative history of the events leading to 9/11, a groundbreaking look at the people and ideas, the terrorist plans, and the Western intelligence failures that culminated in the assault on America. Lawrence Wright's remarkable book is based on five years of research and hundreds of interviews that he conducted in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, England, France, Germany, Spain, and the United States.

    John says: "Riveting... Sobering... Chilling..."
    "Looming Tower a must read"
    Overall

    This book is a revealing window into why America was attacked on Sept 11 2001. It traces the history of the current radical Islamist thinking, and shows how it culminated in the 9-11 attack. It also gives the reader an understanding of why the Islamists cannot be negotiated with, in the usual understanding of the word.

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  • Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chalmers Johnson
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Drawing comparisons to empires past, Johnson explores in vivid detail the likely consequences of US dependence on a permanent war economy, and what it will mean when the globe's sole "hyperpower" is no longer capable of paying for the vaulting ambitions of its leaders - and becomes the greatest hyper-debtor of all time. In his stunning conclusion, Johnson suggests that the crisis of a financial breakdown could ultimately prove to be the only path to a renewed nation.

    Winston says: "The Tone is too harsh"
    "Part factual, very biased"
    Overall

    I found this book to be somewhat interesting but very biased in its political stand.
    Mr. Johnson makes some good point about the basis of our economy being artifically held up by military spending, but he seems to place the vast majority of the blame on Republicans. I am not an expert in these matters, but I will go out on a limb and say that Democrat administrations have contributed to the military industrial complex also.
    Mr. Johnson repeatedly beats the drum about the CIA wanting secret bases so they can torture people. Mr. Johnson does not define what he means by torture, and given the tone of his work he could mean that making people listen to Rush Limbaugh counts as torture.
    After I had listened to this book I did some research and found that this is the third volume in a trilogy. I have not had an opportunity to listen to the other two volumes, so it is possible that in those books he takes Democrat administrations to task for spreading American bad will around the globe.
    The book makes some good points concerning American involvement in other countries' political affairs and how our economy is tied to endless war, points that other writers have made. I would be a little more inclined to believe some of his assertions if it were not so obvious that he was gringing an axe.
    If I have an opportunity to read some of his other works I will either regard this book as more reliable or as just another screed.

    7 of 20 people found this review helpful

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