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Legacy of Ashes Audiobook

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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    Gregory L. Hilton 03-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Honest History, More Honest History,"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    I plan on listening to Legacy of Ashes a second time, perhaps a third.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    One of my past times now that I am in my sixties, is reading material that offers a much more truthful perspective on events I grew up witnessing, events that profoundly shaped who I am today. We knew we were not being told the truth about the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. Books like The Legacy of Ashes help me make more sense of all the senseless violence and better understand the forces that created so much suffering.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Legacy of Ashes is the only Stefan Rudnicki book I have read.


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

    The part of the book that discussed the ways that the CIA deliberately created suffering in South East Asia, lied about America's actions in the Vietnam War, reconnected me to all those old feelings of sadness and anger over the senseless death of so many people.


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Dataman 02-13-13
    Dataman 02-13-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Very Bias Interpretation of the CIA"

    I was very disappointed with this book. The author just cherry-picks the data which supports his opinion and ignores the rest. I cannot recommend it as something worth reading.
    If you found this review helpful, please let me know. Cheers!

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    kate 02-01-13
    kate 02-01-13
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    "Eye-opener to CIA history!!"
    If you could sum up Legacy of Ashes in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, credible


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. This book only proved what I have believed about the CIA for decades.


    Any additional comments?

    It is amazing to me that those in charge have so often given "misinformation" to our Presidents!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-25-12
    Stephen Red Bluff, CA, United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2005

    You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis

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    "Epic History of the CIA"

    Many interesting facts about the CIA. One of the most interesting... after 9/11 the president talked to the head of the CIA about a national ID card. And about injecting an ID chip into all ameracan citizens. Very well narrated. But since this book recounts boocoo CIA failures it is depressing at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 11-12-12
    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2016
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    Where does Legacy of Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks high but is depressing to learn that the USA is trying to steal, lie, and cheat so much.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Now that Petraeus has had an affair why not get rid of the CIA and give it to someone else?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I am a Vietman era Vet and so the Vietnam info was helpful to process.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Eisenhower was right, don't believe a word they say.


    Any additional comments?

    You need to listen to it or read it.

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    Daniel Mountain View, CA, United States 08-27-12
    Daniel Mountain View, CA, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great eye opening read"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    I would listen to this again and have listened too this more than once. There is so much information and so many stories that every time I read it I pick more and more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the level of detail and how it helped to give my a better picture of what happened in the past and how it helped shape the present and future.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made my in awe at points and laughing at others.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book if you love history, or spy stories, or just want to know what is going on in the world. It is a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 07-30-12
    JEFFERY Sparks, NV, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "very well done"

    this book is a true in sight into out Intelligence agency and many of the operation that have happened since the cold war

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    Tomez Desilva Ph.d 03-27-12 Member Since 2016

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    "The Truth of the CIA early years"
    Where does Legacy of Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top notch. Also enjoyed Enemies, narrated by the same person. Excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Legacy of Ashes?

    When they were throwing away young recruits, by sending into harms way with no real mission or backup..


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The changing of command


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who knew? CIA started out as the Keystones cops agency.


    Any additional comments?

    The author and his narrator was great. I am so looking forward to more of the collaboration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David APO, AE, United States 03-08-12
    David APO, AE, United States 03-08-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Too Many Broken Promises"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    Yes. In fact I have to hear at least one more time. There is much to digest so multiple hears (is that a word?) is a must.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reagan because he really helped distroy the agency.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think this is way too complex and long for a file.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Naturally I have no idea how much of this is fact but it all seem possible in such a seedy business. The Department of Defense has much the same mind-set. Sad but true.

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    Andrew Glasgow Victor, NY 10-28-11
    Andrew Glasgow Victor, NY 10-28-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Shocking & Disturbing"

    This is one of the saddest chapters in American history, and it's not an easy read/listen for anyone coming from a conservative/patriotic mindset. But, it's a story that needed to be told and the lessons still need to be applied. The CIA's incompentence at points would be comical if the implications were not so tragic.

    The narration was just a bit dry/monotone like for my taste, but maybe that's appropriate for this kind of material.

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