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Dirty Wars Audiobook

Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield

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Publisher's Summary

In this groundbreaking book of new reportage, sure to stir a global debate, journalist Jeremy Scahill - author of the acclaimed international best seller Blackwater - takes us into the heart of the War on Terror’s most dangerous battlefields as he chases down the most important foreign-policy story of our time.

From Afghanistan and Pakistan to Yemen, Somalia, and beyond, Scahill speaks to the CIA agents, mercenaries, and elite Special Operations Forces operators who populate the dark side of American war-fighting. He goes deep into al Qaeda-held territory in Yemen and walks the streets of Mogadishu with CIA-backed warlords. We also meet the survivors of US night raids and drone strikes - including families of US citizens targeted for assassination by their own government - who reveal the human consequences of the dirty wars the United States struggles to keep hidden.

Written in a gripping, action-packed narrative nonfiction style, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield reveals that, despite his pledge to bring accountability to US wars and to end Bush-era abuses, President Barack Obama has kept in place many of the most dangerous and secret programs that thrived under his predecessor. In stunning detail, Scahill exposes how Obama has escalated these secret US wars and has built up an elite secret US military unit that answers to no one but the president himself. Scahill reveals the existence of previously unreported secret prisons, kidnappings, assassinations, and cover-ups of covert operations gone terribly wrong.

In this remarkable story from the frontlines of the undeclared battlefields of the War on Terror, journalist Jeremy Scahill documents the new paradigm of American war: fought far from any declared battlefield, by units that do not officially exist, in thousands of operations a month that are never publicly acknowledged.

The devastating picture that emerges in Dirty Wars is of a secret US killing machine that has grown more powerful than whatever president happens to reside in the White House. Scahill argues that far from keeping the United States - and the world - safe from terrorism, these covert American wars ensure that the terror will grow and spread.

©2013 Jeremy Scahill (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Dirty Wars is the most thorough and authoritative history I’ve read yet of the causes and consequences of America’s post-9/11 conflation of war and national security. I know of no other journalist who could have written it: for over a decade, Scahill has visited the war zones, overt and covert; interviewed the soldiers, spooks, jihadists, and victims; and seen with his own eyes the fruits of America’s bipartisan war fever. He risked his life many times over to write this book, and the result is a masterpiece of insight, journalism, and true patriotism.”—Barry Eisler, New York Times bestselling author

“There is no journalist in America who has exposed the truth about US government militarism more bravely, more relentlessly, and more valuably than Jeremy Scahill. Dirty Wars is highly gripping and dramatic, and of unparalleled importance in understanding the destruction being sown in our name.”—Glenn Greenwald, New York Times bestselling author and Guardian columnist

“A surefire hit for fans of Blackwater and studded with intriguing, occasionally damning material.”—Kirkus Reviews

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    Amazon Customer 11-18-16
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    "Insightful book, utterly disappointing narration"
    Would you listen to Dirty Wars again? Why?

    No I will not. Throughout the book, the monotone narration has been a constant agitation, felt like I was listening to news on the radio. Learned quite a lot about the US clandestine operations around the world, thanks to the author's research and insight - although I found myself often not relating to his accusatory tone. It takes two to tango.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dirty Wars?

    Details of the operation Neptune Spear were fascinating - which led me to my next purchase "No Easy Day". Can't wait to hear about the experience of the operatives first hand.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator, unfortunately, ruined the experience of listening to this audiobook. It really was a drag, and had it not been for the author's research and insight, and the subject of the book so fascinating, I probably would have moved on when I was one hour into the book. The narrator is now on my avoid list for my future purchases.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was quite insightful, there is no questioning the depth of the author's research. Although I found myself uncertain about certain aspects of his story, purpose, and conclusion. On several occasions his tone felt accusatory and his sympathy misguided. While he very aptly covered the expansion of clandestine 'dirty' US wars around the world, I felt that he failed to take into account the factors that might have led towards the adaptation of at least some of these policies. When it comes to the Cheney and Rummy duo, I genuinely do question the motives behind centralizing the power to the white house. And the fact that Obama expanded these powers was quite disappointing. There ought to have been some accountability and some vetting process involved, rather than a god-like status of one man. And of course, very unfortunate the loss of innocent lives that have resulted from such operations, often as a result of rash and irresponsible action based on unreliable intel. Yet, the unfortunate fact is that human life does not really mean much when it comes to the actions of governments, corporations, and terrorist organisations alike.The author vehemently condemned the idea of unilateral actions within sovereign countries. While politically he is right on the money, we don't live in a perfect world and dare I say I do understand the need for unilateral action considering how tricky bilateral arrangements can be. As a Pakistani who has read somewhat in detail about the deceitful and conflicting policies of my government and security agencies over the decades, I felt on several occasions that the author failed to take into account the rationale behind conducting unilateral operations within Pakistan in particular, and for similar reasons within certain other states. The way I look at it, if you are harboring the most wanted terrorist just yards from your military academy, you pretty much lose the privilege of unilateral talks and collaborated action.Likewise, I feel that I might have failed to understand or relate to the author's sympathy towards Al-Awlaki. The fact that he was a US citizen should not absolve him of his role in the global terrorism scene, and inciting acts of terror against other Americans. But then again, I don't know much about the US constitution and what rights it bestows upon its citizens. The way I look at it, he was actively being the PR person for AQAP, a cheerleader for terrorist acts within the US, as well as a recruitment facilitator for the terrorists. And then he was not secretive about his motives either. Needless to say, I failed to see the tragedy in him being taken out. And I still do not understand the author's detailed coverage of his father's pleas to the US government, and contempt for the US assassination attempts on the guy. Good riddance.All said, I did find the author's work very fascinating and respect his struggle for digging up so much information about some of the most secretive aspects of new era US global warfare.

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    so5724x 10-24-16
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    "great look into US war on terror and its implicati"

    this book is a great look into the US war on terror and its controversies and implications

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    Judy C Haas 07-07-16
    Judy C Haas 07-07-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Eye opener"

    Every US citizen should read this book. A lot of information our media will not report.

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    Dj 07-06-16
    Dj 07-06-16
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    "eye opening."

    nice to have some one put out facts from a non biased pov. this lets you see just a little about how corrupt every government is.

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    Jason 01-14-16
    Jason 01-14-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing book"

    Fills in a lot of blanks left by the media. I love this author's work.

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    Aaron 12-28-15
    Aaron 12-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "great listen"

    was entertaining and intresting. author did his homework and had great sources! entertaining and informative!

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    terrill 11-30-15
    terrill 11-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes I would. This book is very well researched and presented. I do not agree with the author on all of his conclusions, but I do appreciate why he reached these conclusions


    What other book might you compare Dirty Wars to and why?

    The Ugly American and also books about the frustrations of the Viet Nam war


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Really does not apply This was a book to make us think about the actions of our country


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

    How wide spread the special op force is. I did not realize the role in Africa and the thought the war on terror was considered a world wide war. I thought it would be more about the rise if ISIS


    Any additional comments?

    Made me think, but still do not have answer on what we are to do. I appreciate the errors we are making but we have had a conservative president then a liberal president and still we are doing the same. It is not working, but what will. The author did not suggest we ignore the rest of extremist and he does not condone the war

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    jason bufalini 10-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book but not his best."

    There are some really great stories in here. but it was very wordy .

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    M. C. Spiess Freeport, ME United States 07-11-15
    M. C. Spiess Freeport, ME United States 07-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't miss this one"

    Find out what's been going on in our back yard in our name.
    And then find out what is bending now .
    If you liked the movie you'll love the book

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    Kindle Customer Houston, Tx United States 06-23-15
    Kindle Customer Houston, Tx United States 06-23-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Not enough historical insights"

    Perpetual war is a tough topic to discuss and here the book fails to present the dynamism of Blackwater. Although characterizing many of the combatants as being human beings with a cause is commendable , I think the book would better serve the discussion if it identified two or three themes, such as the profit making war industrial complex and its ability to influence policy regardless of who's in the White House.

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