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)
I was always intrigued by the intelligence services of the United States but I was really let down to find out where and how it all started good men, good people, good Livs all lost in an effort to gain that which someone else wants to to be blinded to. From this to Edward Snowdin, where is the justice, and who is the avenger?
this book is required reading for every American. eye opening. balanced. masterful account of cia history.
Absolutely. Gripping story that never gets boring.
His voice just sucked me right into the story. He did a great job.
After listening to John C. Dvorak constantly talk about this book on the No Agenda Show, I broke down and got it, and boy am I glad I did. It is an excellent story of an organization misused by the powers that be for their own purposes.
It is one of the few books I just could not stop listening too, I had my earbuds in non stop for the 3 days it took me to consume it.
This ranks as one of my top 10 Audible favorites, and should be a must read for everyone.
I can't answer this question.
He is clear and precise.
This is a well researched book, written clearly. However, occasionally Weiner jumps to a conclusion that is not supported by his research. Overall, even if Weiner exaggerates a little, this is truly scary and deserves listening.
This book offers a great look not only at the inside, but the history of the CIA. It’s interesting to take a look and to hear the stories, but also to realize that the same thing that ravages other industries and organizations (lack of information, overconfidence, unwillingness to change, etc.) plagued the CIA as well. No surprise there!
I understand, as the author puts it, “the CIA has to break the laws of other countries in order to gather information”, but this book gives incredulous situations and stories that have occurred throughout the history of the CIA.
I thought it was a very good book, although a little long and winding, but it good enough to keep my attention throughout.
This is not a complete history of the CIA but an exhausting catalog of its many missteps, failures, and errors in judgment and execution. The author uses recently declassified material and extensive interviews with former CIA and government officials as source material for the review. The sometimes comic and often tragic mistakes aren't placed in historical context or examined in great detail (each episode could be its own book) but there is enough to keep you interested and to show the patterns of individual and institutional behavior. It is a sad story and a cautionary tale of the limits of our ability to have good "intelligence". Those interested in a cure will be disappointed; this is a book documenting failures not proposing solutions.
The book is a detailed, meticulous account of the history of the CIA from its founding up through the mess in Afghanistan. Weiner is thorough, fearless. He avoids the overly diagnostic or predictive, letting the accumulation of facts do the work. The historical account is shocking, a great pile of rubble strewn in the CIA's path, lies stacked up all the way to the White House, and Weiner tells the tale straightforwardly, without ideological baggage.
I appreciated the detail, the naming of names, the sheer amount of footwork Weiner has done--interviewing the main characters, reviewing classified and declassified documents as well as the CIA's own accounts of its activities. Weiner is non-partisan--except inasmuch as he is a fighter for the truth.
The reader has a nice voice but his pronunciation of certain words is off, including things like place-names (e.g., Yemen: accent is on the first syllable, not the second), which is distracting. Occasionally he tries to mimic accents such as Kissinger's or a presumed Russian interlocutor. This lends character to the reading but I felt was unnecessary.
From Dunkirk to Tora Bora...
Not a flattering look at the rumblings and over reaching of the CIA over the years. I found it very disturbing the amount of power the CIA wields and how utterly inept they have been over the years. I am sure this is biased in one direction but a very eye opening read none the less.
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