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.
"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)
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.
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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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.
...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.
Putting books on the back burner.
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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