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Michael D. Busch

Arroyo Grande, CA, US | Member Since 2008

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  • Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jose A. Rodriguez
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques....

    Rebecca says: "Not politically slanted as I expected"
    "Excellent, Gripping, Can't-Put-It-Down "Read"!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    A unique inside story by the person at the sharp end of the CIA's covert intelligence spear.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The struggles between the agency operatives dedicated to their work and the bureaucrats who were more interested in covering their asses.


    What does Sean Pratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was quite good, but I with the author had read it himself. There was a bit of cognitive dissonance because the narrator didn't have the Hispanic accent of the author. Small point, though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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