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 plan on listening to Legacy of Ashes a second time, perhaps a third.
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.
Legacy of Ashes is the only Stefan Rudnicki book I have read.
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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No extreme reaction. This book only proved what I have believed about the CIA for decades.
It is amazing to me that those in charge have so often given "misinformation" to our Presidents!!!!
You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” ― C.S. Lewis
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.
It ranks high but is depressing to learn that the USA is trying to steal, lie, and cheat so much.
Now that Petraeus has had an affair why not get rid of the CIA and give it to someone else?
I am a Vietman era Vet and so the Vietnam info was helpful to process.
Eisenhower was right, don't believe a word they say.
You need to listen to it or read it.
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.
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.
It made my in awe at points and laughing at others.
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.
this book is a true in sight into out Intelligence agency and many of the operation that have happened since the cold war
top notch. Also enjoyed Enemies, narrated by the same person. Excellent.
When they were throwing away young recruits, by sending into harms way with no real mission or backup..
The changing of command
Who knew? CIA started out as the Keystones cops agency.
The author and his narrator was great. I am so looking forward to more of the collaboration.
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.
Reagan because he really helped distroy the agency.
I think this is way too complex and long for a file.
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.
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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