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America's Secret War Audiobook

America's Secret War: Inside the Struggle Between the United States and Its Enemies

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Publisher's Summary

Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA", Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover, the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Stratfor, one of the world's most respected private global intelligence firms, has an unmatched ability to provide clear perspective on the current geopolitical map. In America's Secret War, George Friedman identifies the United States' most dangerous enemies, delves into presidential strategies of the last quarter century, and reveals the real reasons behind the attack of September 11, and the Bush administration's motivation for the war in Iraq. It describes in eye-opening detail America's covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism: Not only are U.S. armies in combat on every continent but also, since September 11, the intelligence services of dozens of nations have been operating in close partnership with the CIA.

America's Secret War is an unprecedented look at the new world war being waged behind the scenes today. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world.

©2004 George Friedman; (P)2004 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"Stratfor is changing the way we think about news." (American Spectator)
"A clearer, deeper, and subtler understanding of the post-9/11 world than we will ever get from listening to the cacophony of talking heads on television." (Booklist)

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    Tobin Alton, IL, USA 06-15-05
    Tobin Alton, IL, USA 06-15-05
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    "Fascinating look at Int'l foreign policy"

    A fascinating book about American foreign policy both leading up to and following 9/11.

    Though Mr. Friedman?s topic seems impossible to address without some political angle, Friedman takes a ?Dragnet? approach??just the facts.? He explains the goals and aims of Al Qaeda, the history of American presence in the Middle East during the Cold War, and explains Al Qaeda?s motives in attacking the United States on 9/11. He then discusses the response of the United States in great detail around the world, but focusing on the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The most fantastic aspect of this book was that it opened my eyes to the chess game of diplomacy which is going on over our heads. Friedman explains what the U.S. government did in order to get other countries to cooperate (every country stated PUBLICLY that they would cooperate, but many were not as helpful in substance). The flare-up between India and Pakistan was a result of the U.S. using creative diplomatic pressure.

    No book is without its shortcomings, and Friedman?s text has some limitations. First, some of his analysis is wrong. I have no idea which information is incorrect, but it is safe to assume that Friedman himself is not 100% correct. Because each of his points is so clearly stated and convincing, it is virtually impossible to know what is correct, and what is incorrect. This is difficult to keep in mind while reading.

    Also, I wish the title did not have to contain the word ?Secret.? Though the war is certainly hidden, those who don?t bother to read the book may think the ?secret? is that the war is about oil, the desire for revenge against Saddam, or any other of the groundless conspiracy theories (from any angle).

    Brian Emerson?s reading is great--clear and easy to understand.

    Friedman has written an epilogue to the book which can be viewed on the web (just Google the author?s name, title, and ?epilogue,? and you?ll find it). You'll love this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Sterling, VA, USA 02-01-05
    David Sterling, VA, USA 02-01-05
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    "This is the most important book you read all year!"

    Reports come in on a daily basis of dead and wounded in Iraq. Protests come from all sides demanding that we get out and bring our boys home. Critics argue that we are just over there for the oil. So how did we end up fighting a war in Iraq? George Friedman takes us inside the Intelligence community and back to the beginnings of al-Qa'ida. To understand today's issues in the Middle East Friedman helps us to understand the history of Muslim fighters in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, Tajikistan, Somalia, Yemen, and Kosovo. He helps us to navigate the lies that are so critical in times of war. He drives home that it is a war that is being fought right here on our U.S. soil. This is a struggle that will affect all of us here in America for many years to come. This is information that every American needs to know and understand.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J 01-18-05
    J 01-18-05 Member Since 2003

    Recovering engineer turned entrepreneur, at least until acquired last year. Interested in...well...almost everything except romance novels.

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    "Excellent listen, hard to judge accuracy"

    I've listened to all of the 9-11 hearings and had read a number of things about Al Qaeda and homeland security prior to the attacks. I found this book to be fantastic, not because it helps explain some of the inexplicable moves of the Bush administration (though it does that), but because of the "Great Power" perspective Friedman sheds.

    In fact, listening to this book is much like listening to an analysis of European Wars by Machiavelli--while I don't know how much of his judgment is correct, it's an approach that we don't encounter in the mainstream media of the left or the right.

    The two concerns I have about the book are: the author seems to give a short shrift to long term strategic power and alliances, describing things in only the near term and the validity of what is going on within the different governments that are inscrutable to us ordinary mortals.

    All in all, a solid read, and I would recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-19-14
    DevoW Salt Lake City, UT, United States 08-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Friedman is Incredible"

    This is the second George Friedman book I have enjoyed and I am again blown away by his insight into "Realpolitik". He goes beyond the headlines and even the conclusion of pundits to look at the core factors behind the rise of Muslim extremists. Of particular interest was his view on the Iraq war. Great stuff, well worth the listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ken Acworth, GA, United States 01-21-14
    ken Acworth, GA, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2006
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    "What an ABSOLUTE piece of JUNK!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    For there to be ANY truth to this book AT ALL! The author has NEVER served in ANY branch of the military, has never been deployed, nothing. Yet he tries to speak as an authority of how other countries view us. PLEASE! I was there, I fought in Desert Storm, and the thousands of Iraq's we took as prisoners, the Saudi's, the Kwaitie's, and the many others I saw were scared to death of us. Physically we American's stand taller than 99% of the people from that region, militarily wise we train better than any of the other countries that I served with which include the British Desert Rats, the French, the Saudi's, and on and on. This junk of the Saudi's think American's are a "weak" fighting force is just plain absurd! When I looked into the Saudi's eye's before the war all I saw was fear. I could go on and on, because I WAS THERE unlike the author.


    What could George Friedman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I really thought this book was going to be factual and speak to the little skirmishes that happen under the radar. Nope, the author decided to speak about the Gulf War's, what caused the Afghanistan war(like he would know). And it really irked me when he spoke about Generals as if they were stupid. Dude if you know so much enlist and show them how it's done. You'd never make it out of basic.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Emerson’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    What character would you cut from America's Secret War?

    Geez, who cares, this book was so fiction it wasn't funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, can I get my credit back to purchase another book? And can I rate this book any lower than 1 star?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-29-13
    Rhea Fort Worth, TX, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2013

    short, fat, and stupid.

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    "A real explanation of the reasons for war in Iraq."

    Personally I have much reading on the war against al-qeada, and the taliban. However I have not read up as much on the war in Iraq and its reasons. This book was perfect for filling in the gaps. I found the lead up to these wars very interesting and well thought out, going through WWII to current times while explaining the geo-political basis that brought the U.S. to its current position in the world. I also found the description of the United States in the Islamic worlds eyes enlightening. I would recommend this book to anyone who came of age before 9-11 and to anyone who's family had a member in the armed forces. All around very enlightening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 09-15-13
    Amanda 09-15-13

    A commuter with a carniverous apetite for audiobooks of all stripes and colors.

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    "Great book....mehh narration"

    I had a friend from Iran who mentioned America's role in the revolution of her country and I realized I was completely uninformed. If you are uninformed about the US's history in the middle east it's probably a must read. I had no idea about Afghanistan and it's role in the cold war. I have actually realized that I have a lot of military history to relearn following this book. My US history class in high school was shockingly poor and biased and this is a good start to understanding some background information.

    The author does a great job remaining unbiased in his explanations of each's side perspective. My only complaint about this book is the narration. It put me to sleep several times. So I wouldn't listen to this thing driving. I should repeat, its not the story or research, it's really the narrator.

    So try it out if you want to understand the Taliban, Iraq, and why on earth we are even there. If I had it to do again I would definitely download it again.

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    J. Lyda 03-25-05
    J. Lyda 03-25-05
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    "Turning on the lights"

    I rank this book as one of most important I've read this year. Like many, I found myself polarized by 9/11 and the run up to the Iraq War. I came to my own conclusions about what was happening and why. Friedman's fine book showed me that I had alot to learn. He makes a point of avoiding emotional approaches, choosing to focus on the political and historical underpinnings of the current situation, and how the conflict has actually played out. I recommend it to anyone, left or right, who truly cares about our collective future. Friedman has 'turned on the lights'.

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    John C. Roberts Maine 03-20-05
    John C. Roberts Maine 03-20-05 Listener Since 2004
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    "Must Read..."

    One of the best I have read on our "New War" of the 21st Century.

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    David Raleigh, NC, USA 02-23-05
    David Raleigh, NC, USA 02-23-05
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    "Exceptional"

    This is a superb book that everyone should read. Well written, comprehensive, and honest. I only wish there were more. It doesn't lays out success and failure without grinding any partisan axes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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