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Amit

Arlington, VA, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Sleeping with the Devil: How Washington Sold Its Soul for Saudi Crude

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Robert Baer
    • Narrated By Robert O'Keefe
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Robert Baer reveals how our government's relationship with Saudi Arabia and America's dependence on Saudi oil make us vulnerable to economic disaster and put us at risk for further acts of terrorism. Our addiction to cheap oil and Saudi petrodollars caused us to turn a blind eye to the Al Sa'ud's culture of bribery, and its financial support of fundamentalist Islamic groups that have been directly linked to international acts of terror, including those against the United States.

    Kevin Christy says: "Ouch. The truth hurts."
    "Never mentioned"
    Overall

    I loved this book and really thought it was well laid out and presented. I am however curious to why Robert Baer never once mentions the infamous "Torricelli Principle" which restricted the informants CIA agents could pay. Throughout the book Baer constantly complains the CIA did not have informants in a number of terrorist organizations and also doesn't hold back on naming names at the highest levels but for some odd reason, Senator Torricelli is completely ignored.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
    "could have been better"
    Overall

    the book had a lot of good content but fell short of a really good book. for starters the style of the narration was somewhat annoying because they kept asking questions like "Guess what?" The other problem with the book is that it ONLY attacked the Left Wing. I guess the title had already suggested that but almost every point made was very true to Libertarian principles not necessarily Republican ones. If the author had taken the time to point out the problems by both parties the book would have been easier to digest and had more credibility with me.

    22 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard A. Clarke
    • Narrated By Richard A. Clarke
    Overall
    (538)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    The real war on terror has happened largely behind closed doors, run by the White House, drawing on secret intelligence and operations around the world. There is no man who knows more about it than Richard Clarke, the former Counterterrorism Czar for both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the man who has led our efforts against al Qaeda and all other terrorist enemies for years.

    Paul Michael says: "Your Government At Work"
    "Very biased book"
    Overall

    although I loved the first chapter and Clarke makes several good points throughout the book, he is obviously out to get the Republicans. One of the really annoying points in his book is that he repeatedly complains the Bush Adminstration was too obsessed with the ABM treaty and then at the end of the book says, "oh btw, North Korean nuclear missles are a problem too". He wants it both ways throughout the book. When Reagan pulled troops out of Lebanon after 200+ dead, Clarke said he made America look weak. When Clinton pulled troops out of Somolia after 18 dead, Clarke said he made America look strong! Give me a break.

    6 of 21 people found this review helpful

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