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Hard Measures Audiobook
Hard Measures
Written by: 
Jose A. Rodriguez
Narrated by: 
Sean Pratt
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Hard Measures Audiobook

Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives

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Publisher's Summary

From a top-level operative in the counterterrorism unit of the CIA comes an explosive memoir about the behind-the-scenes fight against Al Qaeda after September 11.

Since the death of Osama Bin Laden, interest in counterterrorism is at an all-time high. Most people don’t know that Bin Laden’s death was the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez from 2001 to late 2007 and built on by his successors.

Like a real-life Jack Bauer from television’s 24, Rodriguez’s sometimes controversial tenure as Chief of the Agency’s Counterterrorism Center involved CIA officers capturing and detaining key senior Al Qaeda operatives and implementing Enhanced Interrogation Techniques, tools which were an integral part of the War on Terror but are no longer available to those fighting America's fiercest foes.

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Columbia, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez shares his unlikely journey from law school student to CIA recruit and finally, at the end of a 31-year career, to being America’s top spy. Rodriguez sparked controversy and a three-year investigation by his decision to order the destruction of videotapes showing CIA officers conducting harsh, but what he describes as “legal, necessary, and effective interrogation[s]”.

Riveting and timely, Hard Measures also examines how the current political climate and resulting policies have negatively impacted the CIA’s efficiency - even taking away the mechanisms that made feats like the successful Bin Laden operation possible.

©2012 Jose A. Rodriguez Jr (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Jose Rodriguez guided some of the CIA's greatest counterterror victories, and his story is one of courage, commitment, and decisiveness. In this book, he provides concrete details about the value of the Agency's interrogation program of terrorists - a program which thwarted terrorist attacks and has made America safer." (General Michael V. Hayden, USAF [Ret.] Former Director of Central Intelligence)

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    Jerry TITUSVILLE, FL, United States 05-30-13
    Jerry TITUSVILLE, FL, United States 05-30-13 Member Since 2014

    Jerry

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    "Thoughtful and well delivered"
    Where does Hard Measures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    What other book might you compare Hard Measures to and why?

    American sniper


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The details concerning advanced interrogation techniques


    Any additional comments?

    Well written and delivered by a great narrator. I found it to be informative and enjoyed the revelations of his work within the CIA as well as a few details concerning his personal life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 09-17-12
    Matt OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great perspective, glad I listened…"

    I enjoyed this first hand perspective; especially describing the weeks and months immediately following 9/11. The sad truth is, this is one of many examples where both political parties are guilty of demagoguery purely for political gain and/or damage to their opponents; without the slightest bit of concern for what is in the best interest of the United States. There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Rodriguez is a patriot and should be treated as such. That being said, there were certain parts of the book that came across to me as perhaps he was taking too much credit for himself, however after going through what he has been through, I can’t say that I blame him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 07-31-12
    Lynn 07-31-12
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    "To Set the Record Straight"

    Jose Rodriguez, a 25-year veteran of CIA undercover operations, sets out in Hard Measures to describe the agency’s response to 9/11. The result is an informative, insightful, entertaining and worthwhile read. The strength of the book is in the personal memoir-like insights which bring readers as close to the feel of what took place as possible without revealing state secrets. Readers may disagree with Rodriguez s analysis or find fault with his point of view, but each page brings detail worth considering. That said, I think that the book s subtitle, How Aggressive CIA Actions after 9/11 Saved American Lives, is a little misleading. The book fulfills that aim, but to me the book s true focus is on defending Rodriguez s work while at the CIA during that era. Rodriguez was a controversial person at the CIA and he justifiably seeks to set the record straight. The chapters making his case do not detract from the entire volume nor should it discourage readers from taking up the book. Rodriguez has done a great service by leaving his memoir-like insights behind for all to see. The reading of Sean Pratt is excellent. There is an afterward presented by Rodriguez in person.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David Pocatello, ID, United States 07-27-12
    David Pocatello, ID, United States 07-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "A TRUE HERO"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A true hero to stand up against the libreals who want to destroy this country


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Endicott, NY, United States 06-25-12
    Douglas Endicott, NY, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Water Boarding Detail Post 9/11 - The Inside Story"
    What did you love best about Hard Measures?

    It told how water boarding works, how often it was used after 9/11, and the kind of information that resulted. The media missed most of the main points here.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Measures?

    The press criticized the process saying that most of the useful information gained happened after the water boarding stopped when that is how it is supposed to work.


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

    He did a fine job. He keep me interested the whole way.


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

    No


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    david NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 06-11-12
    david NEW YORK, NEW YORK, United States 06-11-12
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    "Intense & Powerful Peek Behind The Curtain"
    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It was amazing story of how an ordinary little boy became the nation's top spy master and his journey to protecting the American people after 9-11. Mr Rodriguez bravely took the fight right to the terrorists front door and gives a peek behind the CIA's curtain. Its about an ordinary man who is tasked with an extraordinary responsibility -


    Which character – as performed by Sean Pratt – was your favorite?

    Mr. Pratt did an excellent job to bring depth and personality to all of the players


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That it is possible to be a terrorist-hunting super-hero by day, and still host dinner parties and do the whole family thing on nights and weekends. - Amazing!

    like all government agencies - its run by bureaucratic people who put covering their own butts ahead of whats best for the people of the United States - which Mr. Rodriguez had to navigate while still keeping the focus on getting the terrorists off the battle field. (its like walking a high-wire without a net- and being forced to juggle bureaucratic chain-saws)

    Without Mr. Rodriguez the US would have had several more terrorists attacks on its soil.
    Every person in the country would buy this guy a beer if they knew his story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this book to all of my family and friends.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 06-11-12
    Michael D. Busch Arroyo Grande, CA, US 06-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent, Gripping, Can't-Put-It-Down "Read"!"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    A unique inside story by the person at the sharp end of the CIA's covert intelligence spear.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The struggles between the agency operatives dedicated to their work and the bureaucrats who were more interested in covering their asses.


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

    The narrator was quite good, but I with the author had read it himself. There was a bit of cognitive dissonance because the narrator didn't have the Hispanic accent of the author. Small point, though.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12
    Ann West Bloomfield, MI, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great insight - fascinating reading"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely a must read for all American patriots. This is a great account on what went on with with the non-existant "tourture" and the men and women who protect this country every day.


    What other book might you compare Hard Measures to and why?

    It is the real "Mitch Rapp" book.


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

    Excellent recount of the history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to the book in one day.


    Any additional comments?

    It is comforting that there are still man and women who serve and protect the people not the politicians who spinn facts to support thier own needs.

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    Bob 05-28-12
    Bob 05-28-12
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    "Interesting read."
    Where does Hard Measures rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Appreciate the insight into these type of institutions. Jose's first hand account of the processes the CIA agents went through plus the issues of different political philosophies at different time periods gives a powerful message of the issues agents face.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Wellington, FL, United States 05-28-12
    Frank Wellington, FL, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Insiders view of harsh interrogations"
    What made the experience of listening to Hard Measures the most enjoyable?

    Great insight on the debate and internal and external battles fought over the detention and interrogation of terrorists.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The author's unapologetic defense of the actions of the CIA and his disdain for those individuals who tried to hide from their decisions or tried to take advantage of the controversy to promote their own agenda.


    What three words best describe Sean Pratt’s performance?

    Even


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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