This hidden history involves domestic spying, abuses of power, and outrageous operations. It includes a CIA that became caught in a political cross fire that it could not withstand, and what it did to respond. It includes a Defense Department that made its own foreign policy, even against the wishes of the commander-in-chief. It features a president who created a sphere of deniability in which his top aides were briefed on matters of the utmost sensitivity, but the president was carefully kept in ignorance. State of War reveals this hidden history for the first time, including scandals that will redefine the Bush presidency.
©2006 James Risen; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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"Critical to understanding how we got to Snowden."
Enjoyable isn't exactly the term I would use. Frightening is far more appropriate.
That intelligence experts who had spent their entire lives learning about one particular place, or person, or culture, could be completely dismissed by ignorant, political wonks with no military experience.
The truth hurts. It was painful.
"A useful coverage of Intel activities, if dated"
A useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the intelligence or military intel programs. It does present more information than the media headlines of the times did, but also missed much other publicly available information sources.
"it's what it is"
the story matches the consequences we see today, and what we were seeing when the war began. and fills in the gaps with solid info. the story is binding. once you start, you finish till the end.
No wonder the government is still mad about the 2006 book. Too bad the audio version is abridged... It's probably censored too.
Not nice to abridge an important book like this.
Amazon and audible didn't market this book..
and now they put out an abridged version....
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