The author clearly has little knowledge of research in cognitive-neuroscience, and I am disheartened at the nearly complete lack of empirical evidence presented to support his points of view. Yes, he sites some studies, but only on periphery topics, that don't support the meat of his arguments.
I'm confident, given his experience, that the author has valuable insight, but from the Prologue to Chapters 1 and 2, there was so much condemnation with such little supporting evidence that I could not continue listening. For example, in Chapter 2 (Ch 3 in audio download) he states Karzai's brother had "ties to the drug trade...giving them the means to line their pockets while abusing the local population." But he never describes what those ties were, what methods they were using to line their pockets, or how they were abusing the local population. Had he taken more time to provide concrete information less emotional retoric, this could have been a good book, but I cannot recommend it.
A more objective review of the history of the Middle East.
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