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Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield | [Jeremy Scahill]

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.
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Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill - author of the acclaimed international best seller Blackwater - takes us into the heart of the War on Terror’s most dangerous battlefields as he chases down the most important foreign-policy story of our time.

From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

Written in a gripping, action-packed narrative nonfiction style, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield reveals that, despite his pledge to bring accountability to US wars and to end Bush-era abuses, President Barack Obama has kept in place many of the most dangerous and secret programs that thrived under his predecessor. In stunning detail, Scahill exposes how Obama has escalated these secret US wars and has built up an elite secret US military unit that answers to no one but the president himself. Scahill reveals the existence of previously unreported secret prisons, kidnappings, assassinations, and cover-ups of covert operations gone terribly wrong.

In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged.

The devastating picture that emerges in Dirty Wars is of a secret US killing machine that has grown more powerful than whatever president happens to reside in the White House. Scahill argues that far from keeping the United States - and the world - safe from terrorism, these covert American wars ensure that the terror will grow and spread.

©2013 Jeremy Scahill (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I’ve read yet of the causes and consequences of America’s post-9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: for over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America’s bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism.”—Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author

“There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly, and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.”—Glenn Greenwald, New York Times bestselling author and Guardian columnist

“A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material.”—Kirkus Reviews

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    Kevin tampa, FL, United States 06-21-14
    Kevin tampa, FL, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible"
    What was most disappointing about Jeremy Scahill’s story?

    I’ve been in the intelligence community for over 13 years now, including several deployments with special operations units, and this book is terrible. It’s wildly inaccurate and misleading. A simple google search or Wikipedia article could debunk most of the premises in this book.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Yokosuka Japan 04-19-14
    Robert Yokosuka Japan 04-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply mind boggling and an eye opener!"
    Where does Dirty Wars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    THe shocking and unbelievable events that goes on around us every day that we are oblivious of. The share detailed account and historical events blew me away.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The kander of the Author, he went about this book in a no holds barred approach, the thoroughness of the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that I had a favorite part, as the entire book was so captivating and riddled with jaw dropping details.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The callousness of people in power to account the lives of the innocent by standers as cannon fodder. It causes one to wonder how unimportant our families and loved ones are when spread abroad and are in the wrong place at the wrong time.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for all to awaken us from our false sense of reality in the world that we live in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Kailua, HI, United States 03-19-14
    Thomas Kailua, HI, United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Forced Listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I watched the documentary "Dirty Wars" and Jeremy Scahill has a wonderful voice and would've been 10 times better at reading this than the baritone and raspy voice of the dull reader in this case.


    What didn’t you like about Tom Weiner’s performance?

    Monotone voice and too deep.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 03-12-14
    Rose Marie Holt Nampa, ID USA 03-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A cautionary tale for US citizens and freedom."
    Would you listen to Dirty Wars again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts about JSOC


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

    Don't know


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

    Apparently. I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This gives context to the sound bites on the news. It might make you very angry, no matter your politics. War is hell and sometimes extreme definitive action solves a problem. Sometimes hubris can lead to shocking behavior. Americans following our foreign policy and the status of the war on terror and its costs to our freedoms and souls would likely find this useful, shocking, stirring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DS 05-23-13
    DS 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "TOTALLY DEPRESSING"

    This is a recap of drone attacks focusing on the drone attack that killed the US citizen in Yemen, who was a fervent Muslim but no more fervent, and less proactive, than a Tea Party evangelical Christian who bombs abortion clinics.

    Without due process, he was declared a terrorist. even though there is no proof that he ever killed anyone and his big crime was a cheer-leading blog. Our drones have killed more children than terrorists and the whole sordid JSOP program will probably join Japanese internment camps, segregation and Indian tribe relocation on the list of things we shouldn't have done.

    If Churchill was right and 'the only thing we have to fear is fear itself' then we are certainly in trouble because we are dis-proportionally afraid relative to the threat. We should be more afraid of cars and handguns than terrorists.

    6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    gene brooklyn, NY, United States 06-19-13
    gene brooklyn, NY, United States 06-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    "PAINTS THE UNITED STATES AS ORDINARY ASSASSINS"

    while i am certain a lot of this book is factual, it portrays us as heartless assassins out to destroy all whom are a perceived threat. i use the word perceived as the author paints a picture basically of whomever we dont like, we send drones or special ops out to kill them. in fact, more often than not, we are told that children are killed as a result of drone strikes directed at high target values regardless of the circumstances.
    for once i would like to read an unbiased slant in either direction as to what is going on. it is clear to me that the author is not an Obama fan. i believe him to be anti war under any circumstances.
    if you have ever served in the military, please do not listen to or read this boook.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Sheboygan, WI 06-25-13
    Patricia Sheboygan, WI 06-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Too Much Politics, Not Enough Information"

    I tried to make it past two hours of this book but decided the undercurrent of political judgments made toward various administrations was keeping me from thinking about the content - and it turned out that was not worth it anyway. From the beginning the narrator does little to tone done his voice, showing what I would only characterize as disgust with some politicians and their decisions. It was apparent facts were not an issue. I did not think the content was described correctly and the narration was horrible.

    4 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-01-13
    Andrew Colorado Springs, CO, United States 05-01-13 Member Since 2003

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    Any additional comments?

    Here is how to read this book. Start with the premise that that author is a sociopathic pacifist that makes Neville Chamberlain look like a war monger.....but remember, the man can write!
    All one must do is the following:
    (paraphrasing his favorite terrorist)
    1. When he concludes an action is "wrong"....substitute the word "right"
    2. When he concludes "innocent civilian casualties"....substitute "terrorists hiding behind women and children"
    3 Etc..etc....etc....

    Allowing for these "minor" misconceptions in his conclusions, this book has given me hope that our leaders are actually doing some constructive work in the war against terror in our country.
    Talk about reverse credibility!....ok I expected the rants against the Bush administration....but the way he goes after Obama has made me feel more secure about the American presidency than I have in years!
    So Jeremy Scahill can keep my 11 bucks.....and Tom W. did a great narration.
    Every conservitive in America should read this book (according to the above rules)
    It will restore hope in our survival as a nation.

    11 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Guthery Boston, MA, USA 07-23-13
    Scott Guthery Boston, MA, USA 07-23-13 Member Since 2005
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some real stories.


    Has Dirty Wars turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book is simply an endless sequence of very dated computer security homilies.


    What three words best describe Tom Weiner’s voice?

    Tom's voice is fine and given a good book I'd look forward to listening to him again.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dirty Wars?

    Everything but copyright.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Escondido, CA, United States 05-30-13
    Janet Escondido, CA, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "And the award for best paranoid delusion goes to.."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are currently wearing tinfoil on any part of your body to protect from the CIA mind control lasers, this book might just be for you. The author seems to think that the root of all evil in the world comes from former Vice President Dick Cheney, and his "neo-con" minions. Personally I am surprised that he forgot to mention Mr. Cheney's horde of flying monkeys and his weather control machine. Seriously, it really is that bad.


    What could Jeremy Scahill have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I think if the author had stayed on his medication, the story would have been a lot more interesting. Or at least more readable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None. From the opening paragraph, this story descends rapidly into a Progressive's nightmare view of a vast, Right-wing conspiracy.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dirty Wars?

    I think I would have cut more or less all of it. And possibly offered the author something shiny to go play in the corner with. Nothing sharp though, for fear of what he might do to himself with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this one. I was hoping for a decent, first-hand account of the current wars in the Middle East. Instead, all it ends up being is the ravings of a disgruntled Leftist who is, at best, unbalanced.

    7 of 28 people found this review helpful
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