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  • A World in Disarray

  • American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order
  • By: Richard Haass
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren, Richard Haass
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. The rules, policies, and institutions that have guided the world since World War II have largely run their course. Respect for sovereignty alone cannot uphold order in an age defined by global challenges from terrorism and the spread of nuclear weapons to climate change and cyberspace. Meanwhile, great power rivalry is returning. Weak states pose problems just as confounding as strong ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I look at the world politic and how we got here

  • By Dwayne Eberlein on 01-20-17

Wonderful Insight

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

interesting perspectives, somewhat left leaning at times; but seems to be mostly objective about the lacking integrated strategy piece.

  • War on Peace

  • The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
  • By: Ronan Farrow
  • Narrated by: Ronan Farrow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

American diplomacy is under siege. Offices across the State Department sit empty while abroad, the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We're becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing account ranging from Washington, DC, to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and North Korea in the years since 9/11, acclaimed journalist and former diplomat Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gifted Author

  • By JAL on 05-06-18

Great Insight

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This is a great insight; but I could have done without the whole "I was recruited by someone with a manilla envelope in a series of bars in DC," towards the end of the book. Other than that, the depictions of senior officials and their relationships with various administrations were interesting; but not as earth-shattering as some people would claim.

  • Killer Elite: Completely Revised and Updated

  • The Inside Story of America's Most Secret Special Operations Team
  • By: Michael Smith
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

A top-secret US Army Special Operations unit has been running covert missions all over the world, from leading death squads to the hideout of drug baron Pablo Escobar to capturing Saddam Hussein and, in one of the greatest special operations missions of all time, helping to track down al-Qa'eda leader Osama bin Laden. "The Activity," as it became known to insiders, has achieved near-mythical status, even among the world's Special Operations elite.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Zzzzzzzzz

  • By Doug on 11-28-17

Interesting

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-25-18

This book starts off as interesting and essentially attempts to give an official history, which makes for an interesting read/listen.

However, there are some good stories from people who more than likely had sour grapes about being augmented and then quickly realized that they were given a front row seat to... an administrative position where they quickly attempt to expand their access to knowledge of operations.

Many of these sources the author interviewed come off like people who wanted/tried to data-dump everything about their time as a GLG-20 [al la Spies Like Us]; probably to inflate how cool they were when interviewing with the author.

These are the same people who do nothing during their career in Alaska inventorying boxes of food - and somehow get sent to a secretive unit where they are instructed to do the same nonsense there [which is honorable, but not to be compared to stuff that takes an incredible amount of focus/resolve] - and comeback to tell anyone who will listen about how they were reliving the first 15 minutes of the movie HEAT day in and day out.

In the end of the book, there should be an afterword regarding an epiphany some of Mr. Smith's sources which generally would equate to "THAT'S WHY THE RUSHED US THROUGH TRAINING..."

  • Hard Measures

  • How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9-11 Saved American Lives
  • By: Jose A. Rodriguez Jr.
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

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 is the culmination of years of covert operations and tactics largely overseen by Jose Rodriguez and built on by his successors. 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....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • for and against

  • By Rachel on 10-05-14

paid the penalty for a tough decision

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-16

He essentially destroyed Ali Soufan and other fakers who wrote books to try and remain in the government after the hiring boom after 03-04. He also corroborated enough of John Rizzo's book to seem believable.

Most of the things in there are factual, but until it is all released in about 50 years, we will never know All of it, just broad strokes from his account.

The ending is kind of his justification for writing the book, as most of these retirees do, they bought a house somewhere and are having a tough time getting a job on the outside. It's not a politically motivated book, but there are some valid points where he calls out Clinton, Bush, and Obama as well as Senators like Pelosi and McCain.

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  • Spy Wars

  • Moles, Mysteries, and Deadly Games
  • By: Tenent H Bagley
  • Narrated by: Tenent H Bagley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

In this rapid-paced book, a former CIA chief of Soviet bloc counterintelligence breaks open the mysterious case of KGB officer Yuri Nosenko's 1964 defection to the United States. Still a highly controversial chapter in the history of Cold War espionage, the Nosenko affair has inspired debate for more than 40 years. Was Nosenko a bona fide defector with the real information about Lee Harvey Oswald's stay in Soviet Russia, or was he a KGB loyalist, engaged in a complex game of deception?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT Book. Historic Missteps

  • By Anonymous on 02-11-16

GREAT Book. Historic Missteps

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This book is worth every second of your time. It shows how valuable information can get lost, extracted, and misinterpreted in a variety of ways.

  • Why Nations Fail

  • The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
  • By: Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018

Brilliant and engagingly written, Why Nations Fail answers the question that has stumped the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pros and Cons of "Why Nations Fail"

  • By Joshua Kim on 05-01-12

great for understanding foreign pretexts

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-16

Just an overall great experience to peer into the somewhat objective pasts of lesser known histories.