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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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    C.A.Sizemore Phoenix, AZ 09-24-17
    C.A.Sizemore Phoenix, AZ 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Terrifying but a must listen."

    Do you want to know why the world is F-ed up this, this book will tell you how the presidents from FDR to GWB used the CIA to fuck up the world. Have you ever wondered why millions chant "Death to America". Here is are the reasons. Inscribed on the walls of the CIA are the words, "By their works you will know them." This has never been so true.

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    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 09-03-17
    Bryan San Diego, CA, United States 09-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "FUBAR - F**ked Up Beyond All Recognition"

    Tim Weiner describes in painful and substantiated detail how CIA is totally FUBAR, and they have the collective intelligence of an ant. The corporate culture at CIA is unethical, dishonest, immoral, and incompetent. CIA does not represent American values and has systematically undermined the credibility of our country and our way of life. They have no respect for the rule-of-law as they flagrantly break the law in their everyday course of doing business including lying to the President, Congress, the DoS, and the DoD. They allow their CIA station chiefs to set Foreign Policy rather than the US Ambassador who represents our country. Their failures of intelligence far surpass their successes. The only solution I see is the radical change in its corporate culture which is easier said than done as many CIA Directors over its history have tried a failed to do this. Consequently, I think the change has to happen at the very top: through Congress and the President. We can no longer allow CIA to run roughshod over our Constitution. There has got to be a way to conduct espionage in an ethical way and create a positive corporate culture at CIA.

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    Jim Beaufort, NC 08-16-17
    Jim Beaufort, NC 08-16-17
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    What did you like best about Legacy of Ashes? What did you like least?

    The history is very detailed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There are times that the story gets lost in the details and the volume of characters, many of which are irrelevant.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Sounds like a boring history professor reading it. I cannot tell you how many times he lulled me to sleep.


    Do you think Legacy of Ashes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I cannot imagine a detail that was left out.


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    Kindle Customer 07-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Truth: America's legacy"

    Truth, not in America is Truth found often enough, truth must be spread worldwide: The Truth is found in; Legacy of Ashes Truth is not Americans Legacy it never was. Truth Lies in us as we research our likes. This book was well researched. My kind of historical truth.

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    Jason Mackay Sammamish, WA United States 07-06-17
    Jason Mackay Sammamish, WA United States 07-06-17 Member Since 2008
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    "A bit of a hit piece, worth the read"

    Some fascinating historical details and well worth the read. It does come off a little bit one sidedly critical however. The author doesn't appear to have much if anything good to say about the exploits of the agency. A balanced read on the history must include some other works, but there are details and a narrative here that are interesting worth hearing.

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    James Larimer Half Moon Bay, Ca USA 04-22-17
    James Larimer Half Moon Bay, Ca USA 04-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Too many details"

    A lot of this book should have been placed into footnotes. This is a story everyone should know, but the author did not order the details in terms of their significance. Minor crimes often get as much verbiage as major crimes. This detracts from the message of this book,it is an important message nonetheless.

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    Jinsung 04-12-17
    Jinsung 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost Everything about the CIA"

    I'am not a US citizen. If you are, you may be very disappointed (or even shocked) of CIA's inability. This all about the history if the CIA.

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    W. Sherer 04-11-17
    W. Sherer 04-11-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Frightening but informative"

    It's important for all Americans to know what has been and continues to be done in our name.

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    J. B. Evans Daphne, Alabama 03-03-17
    J. B. Evans Daphne, Alabama 03-03-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Sad Commentary"
    Would you listen to Legacy of Ashes again? Why?

    Yes. It would be helpful to re-establish some of the facts contained herein.


    Any additional comments?

    The CIA has been the foil for many movies and plot lines. This book lays bare the real stories with carefully documented details of the many failed plots. It reveals the details behind the shallow news reports.

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    Wayne P. 03-01-17
    Wayne P. 03-01-17
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    "Should be mandatory reading for every American."

    It's not pretty. It is all shocking. But it is our obligation to be informed about our government and what it does in our name.

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