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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Dana
  • Orlando, FL, USA
  • 02-19-05

Exhaustive approach to understanding todays war

This book is a must read / listen for anyone who was enhralled by 'Against all enemies' (however with less politics) or 'Plan of Attack'. If your desire is to understand our enemy and the decisions made by our government in times of war, you need to stop watching the news and read this book. I come from a mentality that politics and war is more than ideals and that you are wasting your time if you take a backwards naive approach to this war by spouting 'nuke 'em all!'. America is the only superpower, no doubt, but has only been so for the last 40-50 years and I do not want to share the fate of the USSR, of whom I never thought would become what it is at present...myself being a child of the Cold War.
This book is outstanding in discussing, in plain terms for all to understand, how we have arrived in the position we are today with Islamic terrorists and how decisions of the past, and decisions of the present, will determine our future on a global scale. There is no bias in this book and it is rich in information that I just absorbed like a sponge...being a political science junkie. If you are considering whether to buy this book, stop reading this and add it to your cart, you will not be dissappointed!

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  • Will
  • Tucson, AZ, USA
  • 02-19-05

Read Charlie Wilson's War Instead

If you've already read Intelligence Matters by Bob Graham or have followed U.S. involvement in the Middle East at anything but an introductory level, you won't find anything new here. Like Intelligence Matters, America's Secret War is plagued by a dull narrator.

America's Secret War trots out the same picture of disparate U.S. intelligence agencies and goes on to lay out elements of U.S. involvement in the Middle East without providing enough context to really tie things together.

For a good political read full of drama, depth and detail, check out Charlie Wilson's War. After reading CWW, America's Secret War seemed boring and redundant.

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  • John
  • Sandy Springs, GA, United States
  • 01-25-05

Why Iraq? Read This Book!

This book is the most outstanding analysis of the war to date. Easy to follow and easy to listen. I have been a subscriber to Friedman's "Stratfor" geopolitical analysis service for quite some time. Dr. Friedmans book is right on. The book is neither pro nor con regarding the administration. Although he is tough on "Rummy". If you are a Bush hater/progressive don't bother with this book, your mind is made up. If you want to know the background of why we did what we did in Iraq then this book is for you. Get it!

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Interesting book, but kind of boring narrating

This book is loaded with very good analysis of the Terrorist activities. The narrator is kind of monotonous, but the contents keep you hooked.

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Worst of Audible presents...

In my opinion this is a story full of falsehoods presented as facts. In America's Secret War, Friedman rivals Michael Moore for twists of reality. This book discussed no relevant, new information regarding the state of american intelligence agencies. Friedman apparently authored the book to feed the paranoia of those intent on believing in government conspiracies and ineptitude, but provides no substantive facts to back up his claims. My personal experience working in and with said agencies contradicts many of the Friedmans claims calling into question all of his hyperbole. Enjoy one of the many other better books such as Digital Fortress, Chatter, or Puzzle Palace, but skip this piece of work.

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Outstanding

First, thumbs up to the performance artist. Great work. Thank you.

This work is a view from 2004. It is not surprising that Stratfor nails both the facts and the political realities. That is their job.

What is so moving to me was the well timed kid in the guts to our political elite who do not send their kids to fight and suffer and maybe die.

As seen post Trump, I wonder if they get it yet?

Well done. Where's the next one?

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A must for understanding the U.S. after 911

In-depth analysis of US responses after 911. A clear story and analysis. Very easy to follow despite of it being a difficult geopolitics subject. Book is well written and read.

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Top book

If you ever want to understand geo politics read George Friedman at Stratfor and all of his books. He understand the way the world works.

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Superficially clever but fundamentally flippant

What did you like best about America's Secret War? What did you like least?

1. The best point of this book is it brings together some off-beaten-path view of the US actions since 9/11
2. The worst point is its examination of these views is fundamentally flippant, and repetitive. The author loves his own shallow insight so much that he repeats them tiresomely as if simply repetition gives it weight it does not carry through its actual substance.

Has America's Secret War turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. It covers a interesting topic, and its poseur treatment makes me want to read a real book.

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

Not much, except for the ability to go through it during driving commute

Could you see America's Secret War being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

No

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Fasinating

I enjoy history and politics (while not a scholar by any means) and I get frustrated by the news because so little of the story is ever really told. I found this book very enlightening and engaging despite it being a non-fiction book.