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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA | [Tim Weiner]

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Legacy of Ashes is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells us how the CIA's failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

©2007 Tim Weiner; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy." (Publishers Weekly)
"A timely, immensely readable, and highly critical history of the CIA, culminating with the most recent catastrophic failures in Iraq." (Mark Bowden, author of Blackhawk Down)

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    Andy hoevelakenNetherlands 08-19-09
    Andy hoevelakenNetherlands 08-19-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Andy"

    A compelling read (listen). A historical insight into America's CIA involvement in the world.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gare Washington, DC, USA 07-06-09
    Gare Washington, DC, USA 07-06-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Informative but not insightul"

    An excellent summary of recently released secret documents...but not much more.

    gare.henderson@gmail.com

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    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 10-10-08
    Bruce Pflieger Houston, TX 10-10-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    This may shed some light on why some countries have a bad opinion of the U.S. To the naysayer I say the whole book cannot be false. This is a good behind the scenes of the politics of the times. I, now 50, do not understand why a country (the U.S.) who believes in freedom would not respect a communist leader elected in free elections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leon Laguna Beach, CA, United States 10-19-07
    Leon Laguna Beach, CA, United States 10-19-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Truth is better than fiction!"

    This book tells us just how lucky this country has been over the past 60+years with a so-called spy agency that couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time. It's even more scary to think that our so-called leaders in Washington have been using the CIA for their own political agenda and totally deceiving the American public. Are you surprised? Have they found the WMD's yet? Read the book and find out why they never will.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    fred greensboro nc 04-08-08
    fred greensboro nc 04-08-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Interesting But Hard To Follow"

    This book is too long. Because of the length it is rather difficult to follow in short burst listening. Possibly best heard on a looooong trip. Very interesting combination of the spy business and the government with some historical events thrown in.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 08-18-10
    Colin Detroit 08-18-10 Member Since 2015

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "expected to here more funny stories"

    well this was a good book, I liked the stories and was hoping to here more then what was in this book - they talk about failures that are sorta public but not many that are not that well known

    like this isnt in the book but I saw it on the History Channel 2-3 years ago - the CIA took a cat and placed a bug inside the cat and ran the antenna wire up the cats tail to it could transmit - they worked for months on this - the person they were after was a cat lover and would bring the cat in and feed it - so they CIA waited outside the house until the person they were after was home and by the door - they released the cat to go and walk across the street and the target would take it in and they would be all set - the cat promptly ran out into the street and got hit by a car, LOL

    now that story wasnt in the book but others like that were I was just hoping fore more and for some that were less boring

    but I recommend this book the narrator is one of the best and this is nothing tha tneeds different voices but still he does a great job

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    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 01-04-08
    Gabriel mckinney, TX, United States 01-04-08
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    "they must be good sometimes"

    In this book, it is very difficult to find positive events or task that the CIA performed, but I assume that they must have done a few things that benefited our country.
    I guess it is the people, more so than the idea behind the CIA that makes this book such an indictment of that agency.
    Makes me think of the bad apple affecting the whole bunch while the CIA's stance is that only the negative is acknowledged and the positive is un-noticed.
    I would recommend the book for serious listeners that want information that may shed some light on current affairs

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    John MadisonVirgin Islands, U.S. 09-23-07
    John MadisonVirgin Islands, U.S. 09-23-07
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    "Good history"

    I liked this audiobook since it gave a good history of the CIA.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Mount Pleasant, MI, United States 05-06-09
    Jeff Mount Pleasant, MI, United States 05-06-09 Member Since 2009
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    "painfully boring"

    I could not make it through more than a few chapters of this book. It starts out as an uneventful narrative and I could not make myself stick with it long enough to see if it ever improved.

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    Jeffrey Portland, ME, United States 02-26-08
    Jeffrey Portland, ME, United States 02-26-08
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    "narration could be better"

    Choosing the author to read his work wasn't a great idea. Every good writer is not a good narrator. I plan to read this book rather than listen to it. The content is fascinating and the book deserves success.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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