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America's Secret War Audiobook

America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Stratfor, one of the world's most respected private global intelligence firms, has an unmatched ability to provide clear perspective on the current geopolitical map. In America's Secret War, George Friedman identifies the United States' most dangerous enemies, delves into presidential strategies of the last quarter century, and reveals the real reasons behind the attack of September 11, and the Bush administration's motivation for the war in Iraq. It describes in eye-opening detail America's covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism: Not only are U.S. armies in combat on every continent but also, since September 11, the intelligence services of dozens of nations have been operating in close partnership with the CIA.

America's Secret War is an unprecedented look at the new world war being waged behind the scenes today. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world.

©2004 George Friedman; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Stratfor is changing the way we think about news." (American Spectator)
"A clearer, deeper, and subtler understanding of the post-9/11 world than we will ever get from listening to the cacophony of talking heads on television." (Booklist)

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    P. PAI 01-21-05
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    "Interesting book, but kind of boring narrating"

    This book is loaded with very good analysis of the Terrorist activities. The narrator is kind of monotonous, but the contents keep you hooked.

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    Thomas P. Hagstrom 05-26-05 Member Since 2013
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    "Worst of Audible presents..."

    In my opinion this is a story full of falsehoods presented as facts. In America's Secret War, Friedman rivals Michael Moore for twists of reality. This book discussed no relevant, new information regarding the state of american intelligence agencies. Friedman apparently authored the book to feed the paranoia of those intent on believing in government conspiracies and ineptitude, but provides no substantive facts to back up his claims. My personal experience working in and with said agencies contradicts many of the Friedmans claims calling into question all of his hyperbole. Enjoy one of the many other better books such as Digital Fortress, Chatter, or Puzzle Palace, but skip this piece of work.

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    Nalin 03-25-15
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    "A must for understanding the U.S. after 911"

    In-depth analysis of US responses after 911. A clear story and analysis. Very easy to follow despite of it being a difficult geopolitics subject. Book is well written and read.

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    Doug Kaplan Oviedo, Florida 01-13-15
    Doug Kaplan Oviedo, Florida 01-13-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Top book"

    If you ever want to understand geo politics read George Friedman at Stratfor and all of his books. He understand the way the world works.

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    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-19-14
    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Friedman is Incredible"

    This is the second George Friedman book I have enjoyed and I am again blown away by his insight into "Realpolitik". He goes beyond the headlines and even the conclusion of pundits to look at the core factors behind the rise of Muslim extremists. Of particular interest was his view on the Iraq war. Great stuff, well worth the listen

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    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-29-13
    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2013

    short, fat, and stupid.

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    "A real explanation of the reasons for war in Iraq."

    Personally I have much reading on the war against al-qeada, and the taliban. However I have not read up as much on the war in Iraq and its reasons. This book was perfect for filling in the gaps. I found the lead up to these wars very interesting and well thought out, going through WWII to current times while explaining the geo-political basis that brought the U.S. to its current position in the world. I also found the description of the United States in the Islamic worlds eyes enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone who came of age before 9-11 and to anyone who's family had a member in the armed forces. All around very enlightening.

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    Amanda 09-15-13
    Amanda 09-15-13

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "Great book....mehh narration"

    I had a friend from Iran who mentioned America's role in the revolution of her country and I realized I was completely uninformed. If you are uninformed about the US's history in the middle east it's probably a must read. I had no idea about Afghanistan and it's role in the cold war. I have actually realized that I have a lot of military history to relearn following this book. My US history class in high school was shockingly poor and biased and this is a good start to understanding some background information.

    The author does a great job remaining unbiased in his explanations of each's side perspective. My only complaint about this book is the narration. It put me to sleep several times. So I wouldn't listen to this thing driving. I should repeat, its not the story or research, it's really the narrator.

    So try it out if you want to understand the Taliban, Iraq, and why on earth we are even there. If I had it to do again I would definitely download it again.

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    Chaohui 08-31-12
    Chaohui 08-31-12 Member Since 2005
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    What did you like best about America's Secret War? What did you like least?

    1. The best point of this book is it brings together some off-beaten-path view of the US actions since 9/11
    2. The worst point is its examination of these views is fundamentally flippant, and repetitive. The author loves his own shallow insight so much that he repeats them tiresomely as if simply repetition gives it weight it does not carry through its actual substance.


    Has America's Secret War turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. It covers a interesting topic, and its poseur treatment makes me want to read a real book.


    What does Brian Emerson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much, except for the ability to go through it during driving commute


    Could you see America's Secret War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
    Christopher Sacramento, CA, United States 04-23-12
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    "Fasinating"

    I enjoy history and politics (while not a scholar by any means) and I get frustrated by the news because so little of the story is ever really told. I found this book very enlightening and engaging despite it being a non-fiction book.

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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 12-11-11
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2015

    World Champion Parallel Parker

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    "Riveting and Complex"

    I didn't know most of the things in this book. It's very complex – it’s an antidote to the superficiality of Farid Zakaria’s "Post-American World."

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