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Frances

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  • Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tim Weiner
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (2011)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (608)

    This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

    Michael says: "Flawed but Important"
    "Enlighting"
    Overall

    This book is a must read for anyone who wants to
    understand the global unheaval of the present time and why we have engendered such animosity
    from the rest of the world.The CIA was created to prevent "another Pearl Harbor" and as we see it
    failed. The best description of it's problems were
    best stated in a recent Newsweek article. Though not referring to the CIA the words are right on.
    " The magnitute of errors perputated by the agency
    -ignorance,incompetence,arrogance,bad or non-existant planning, cronyism and naivete'-can make you weep with anger." Though these words were used
    to describe an administration they also very well describe the agencey's track record. The agency's leadership was composed of alcholics,
    mental cases,egomanics and a lot of good people
    beating their heads against a bureaucratic brick wall. The book has been described as very critical of the CIA. I found it to be a very
    evenly narrated series of events that just left
    me very sad.

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