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Legacy of Ashes Audiobook

Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

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Publisher's Summary

This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For the last 60 years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence.

Legacy of Ashes is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells us how the CIA's failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

©2007 Tim Weiner; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing...a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy." (Publishers Weekly)
"A timely, immensely readable, and highly critical history of the CIA, culminating with the most recent catastrophic failures in Iraq." (Mark Bowden, author of Blackhawk Down)

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    Jennifer Hargraves 05-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not objective"

    Story is strongly biased. More opinion than history. Narrator was even toned and able to keep me listening. It is possible that all claims made by author are true but the entire book is written in a style that makes me question all.

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    Kate M. 11-13-15
    Kate M. 11-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "I loved this book (not anticipated!)"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    No I only listen once to a book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    A clear, concise history of the CIA that is both fascinating and compelling. I realized how much I did not know about the CIA and also how important it is to our country.<br/>And how messed up the institution has been.


    What about Stefan Rudnicki’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many frustrating stories to identify one in particular. It was so frustrating to hear about how messed up this agency has been for so long, and that our tax dollars have been wasted and misdirected.


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    C. L. Buerger 10-08-15
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    "Correct Subtitle: A History of the CIA's screw-ups"

    Should be Subtitled "A History of the CIA's screw-ups." Solid look at the mistakes of the past, with a focus on how the CIA was supposed to be one thing and ended up another. Rarely talks about the successes, and spends lots of time on Washington and presidents. Richard Helms is praised in the book, but his time as Director is criticized, this duality is never explained. Wish it was, if he was so good, what was he doing right besides telling everyone else that they're doing it wrong.

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    PBS 09-09-15
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    "Term Limits for All Government Employees"

    Just goes to show you the so-called conspiracy theorists know what our elected officials are hiding: there total ignorance and incompetence.

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    PerfectSense 09-09-15

    College educated, interests: cold war spying, bios, Pentecostal theology, conservative social issues.

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    "As the CIA response to this book"

    sure, the emphasis is on failures and there were are many where the repercussions never ever cease.
    the power struggle between the armed forces intelligence and the CIA should have never been. when people get in power positions like these, their only focus is on protecting that power structures and creating a facade to hide the reality of these failures.

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    JC Decatur, GA, United States 07-29-15
    JC Decatur, GA, United States 07-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Amazing story!"

    What makes this story most compelling is that it is based on actual facts. It makes me sad for the state of our country's foreign policy and implementation thereof. However I am thankful for the education and look forward to listening to future books by Tim Weiner and Steven Rudnicki. I would recommend this dynamic team to anyone.

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    Silas8541 SACRAMENTO, CA, US 07-22-15
    Silas8541 SACRAMENTO, CA, US 07-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Did we do that??"

    I was always intrigued by the intelligence services of the United States but I was really let down to find out where and how it all started good men, good people, good Livs all lost in an effort to gain that which someone else wants to to be blinded to. From this to Edward Snowdin, where is the justice, and who is the avenger?

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    Kevin Johnson 05-13-15
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    "eye opening history of US foreign policy blunders."

    this book is required reading for every American. eye opening. balanced. masterful account of cia history.

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    Amazon Customer Columbiana, AL, United States 04-30-15
    Amazon Customer Columbiana, AL, United States 04-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding history of the CIA"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    Absolutely. Gripping story that never gets boring.


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

    His voice just sucked me right into the story. He did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to John C. Dvorak constantly talk about this book on the No Agenda Show, I broke down and got it, and boy am I glad I did. It is an excellent story of an organization misused by the powers that be for their own purposes. <br/><br/>It is one of the few books I just could not stop listening too, I had my earbuds in non stop for the 3 days it took me to consume it. <br/><br/>This ranks as one of my top 10 Audible favorites, and should be a must read for everyone.

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    Alison 04-22-15
    Alison 04-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard to listen to reader"

    Okay story but the reader was so hard to listen to I could not pay attention. Hard to get through.

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