©2004 Senator Bob Graham and J. Nussbaum; (P)2004 Books on Tape, Inc.
Republican, Democrat or Independent - this book will open your eyes. This book provides a detailed (almost too detailed) view into what happened in the 9/11 Commission Reports efforts to unravel what happened. It is startling information that shines light on the Saudi involvement in 9/11 and our administrations protection of this information. I am a registered Republican and did not see this in a defensive light. But it did shine the light on many unaddressed dangers that our Government has failed to address adequately. I appreciated the inside view to what has gone on behind the scenes. It opened my eyes. Citizens of this country owe it to themselves to go beyond sound bites and educate themselves on what really goes on. This book is a good start.
Anyone who plans to vote this November should definitely read this book - or at least the 9/11 Commission Report. I cannot articulate how strongly this book has affected my political position. It completely changed my view on Iraq. A must-read for every American.
It is very interesting to get the insight of the chairman of the senate intellegence comittee on the current terrorist threat and organizations that comabat it. On the one hand, Grahm is a partisan senator who vigourously dissaproves of the acts of the Bush administration. On the other he is far more in the know than the endless line of pundits who have churned these issues over the last few years. Jonathan Marosz
is the worst reader I have come across and I said I would never listen to him again, but this book was worth putting up with him.
Senator Bob Graham has done an outstanding job of meticulously detailing the intelligence failures related to the 9/11 terrorist attack. This is an eye-opening book and raises serious concerns about the health of democracy in America. Had Senator Graham not written this book we would be blissfully ignorant of the political distortions surrounding 9/11. This is a must read (listen) for those who care about the future and safety of America!
'Intelligence Matters' is highly informative and full of insight, even if the 'patriotism' of the author means that he can only ever see the world's problems from the perspective of how it affects Americans.
Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.
Bob Graham like a lot of intelligence men is serious about being serious. This book amounts to a long position paper, but it is tastefully done and careful about the facts. His real point is, not about politics, but about his model for achieving integrity in intelligence.
I found it thoroughly enjoyable. If you aren’t huge fan of Wolfowitz you probably won’t agree with Graham’s position, but you should still find the book tasteful and respectful.
This is a very well-written, easily-understood book, and the narrator is excellent. I was surprised to discover that our government and its agencies had 12 occasions to probably stop the 9-11 terrorist attacks. This book is quite an eye-opener, written by Bob Graham who was/is in a position to know what went on.
This is the kind of book I can listen to more than once.
I'm a libertarian, So I don't have a dog in this political infighting... but this is mostly a Bush-bash-fest and clearly an "I could have done a better job" essay.
While there's some interesting facts and intelligence presented, it's clear that Senator Graham (and the Democrats) are bitter about the Bush Administration, and that taints much of what is presented as "Evidence".
I'd have found it MUCH more interesting if it wasn't so clearly slanted politically while the author claims to be a centrist. The constant political observations make you wonder if the "facts" are true, or are just the opinions of someone that dislikes Bush.
What "appears" to be "obvious intelligence" is only hindsight, which is 20/20.. it was not mentioned that the intelligence services sift through THOUSANDS of these threats and suspicious activities each year, yet the author wants to present the case that the FBI should have CLEARLY seen this needle in the haystack... AFTER the fact it's obvious, of course, but things always are After the fact.
To be honest, I didn't find out anything really new, just a few facts that took what I already knew a bit further, and (again) I am suspicious that these "facts" may be tainted by politics.
I enjoyed the content of this book. However, the narrator needs to learn what to do when he finishes a sentence. Drop the voice, don't raise it!
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