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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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    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

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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 2008
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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.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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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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    Eric Orlando, FL, USA 06-08-09
    Eric Orlando, FL, USA 06-08-09
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    "Now I know why the CIA continually blows it...."

    ...Its run by white guys who have no interest in learning the cultures or the languages of the countries they are supposed to be spying on and protecting us from. This self-imposed ignorance will continue to be our greatest threat, not terrorist organizations.

    This book will open your eyes, even if you come to a different conclusion than I did.

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 02-24-13
    Tim United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2010

    Not a mainstream reader.

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    "Secret Agents with Dunce Caps"

    When I think about the CIA, I think about secret agents, spies and James Bond. I don't think about the agency being so puzzling and lost. I was looking forward at reading "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" to get to know more about the secret government agency, but instead, I read all about blooper missions and how poorly that the CIA is run.

    Not too sure how accurate the material is presented in the book, but some believed that man never landed on the moon either.

    Tim Weiner writes so many failures about the CIA, that it becomes too unbelievable. When you turn on the news these days, all you hear about the world is going to doom and nothing good is happening. As I kept reading, the CIA is a big joke and never applauding the agents that are serving out nation. I just wanted to know more about the good side of the agency, but the CIA is like a dumb kid in the corner, with a dunce cap.

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    Greg B 10-26-07
    Greg B 10-26-07 Member Since 2005
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    "History book"

    I am not much of a history buff, and I got about an hour into this book and was very bored. Though I'm sure it is a good book for those that enjoy history, I have other things I can listen too that will hold my attention better.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Fleming Island, FL, United States 12-23-08
    Michele Fleming Island, FL, United States 12-23-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Hmmm"

    sounds like propaganda to me.

    2 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 11-03-07
    andrew tracys landing, MD, United States 11-03-07 Member Since 2007

    Regular guy from the midwest. Love my kids and the outdoors. 15 years of commuting in D.C. has helped to put a few titles in my library.

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    It was hard to stay interested. The first half was especially boring.

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