This is not an espionage or technical book, but a review of modern military history with a focus on intelligence. If you enjoy military history you will love this book.
Well, this was not what what I was expecting. I wanted a historical review - what I got was lots of flowerey prose and poetry. Frankly I was bored and found this tedious. The subject matter has great potential, but I'm not a fan of this style.
I loved this book, and that is saying a lot as I am usually dissapointed. It's 14 hours, but toward the end, I wished it were much longer.
Narration is great too.
This book is for people that don't know what a stock or a bond is. If you already know those things, this is not for you. One sentence on Options, and a couple pages on what a broker is.
Also, I think the narration was a computer; put me to sleep very fast.
I really enjoyed this book. It seemed balanced - which is rare for reporters these days. Although, one must understand that just because a reporter is in, say, Baghdad or New York, one does not automatically know all that is going on and why in those locales. The periodic interruptions by her husband I skipped over - some speech coach obviously told him to speak slowly and in monotone - these were a distraction, although they did add a bit of humanity to the story. Ann is great and I hope to read/hear more of her works.
This is THE story of the toppling of the Taliban. Nearly impossible to put down. Very enjoyable!
The demogogues on the left and right will not like this honest and open discussion, but it is very interesting. Almost impossible to stop listening - a rarity.
Great topic, and often keen insights and information. However, the book seemed overly politically correct (Euroean cultures always bad, "indigenous" cultures (not clearly defined i.e. is a culture indigenous if the peoples were there 100 years prior to the next peoples? 500 years? 5,000?) always good.
The worked seemed tedious at times, and often in an apparent attempt to justify a preconceived conclusion.
I couldn't stop listening. Great story, humorous at times, and always insightful. Richard Matthews does a great job at the long narration. Much better to listen to this one that to read it.
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