State of War by James Risen audiobook

State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

By James Risen
Read by Boyd Gaines

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.08 Hours Abridged
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With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history—a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate. 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. James Risen covered national security for the New York Times for years. Based on extraordinary sources from top to bottom in Washington and around the world, drawn from dozens of interviews with key figures in the national security community, this book exposes an explosive chain of events: Contrary to law, and with little oversight, the National Security Administration has been engaged in a massive domestic spying program.On such sensitive issues as the use of torture, the administration created a zone of deniability: the president’s top advisors were briefed, but the president himself was not.The United States actually gave nuclear-bomb designs to Iran.The CIA had overwhelming evidence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons programs during the run-up to the Iraq war. They kept that information to themselves and didn’t tell the president.While the United States has refused to lift a finger, Afghanistan has become a narco-state, supplying eighty-seven percent of the heroin sold on the global market. These are just a few of the stories told in State of War. Beyond these shocking specifics, Risen describes troubling patterns: Truth-seekers within the CIA were fired or ignored. Long-standing rules were trampled. Assassination squads were trained; war crimes were proposed. Yet for all the aggressiveness of America’s spies, a blind eye was turned toward crucial links between al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, among other sensitive topics. Not since the revelations of CIA and FBI abuses in the 1970s have so many scandals in the intelligence community come to light. More broadly, Risen’s secret history shows how power really worked in George W. Bush’s presidency.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history—a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate.

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.

James Risen covered national security for the New York Times for years. Based on extraordinary sources from top to bottom in Washington and around the world, drawn from dozens of interviews with key figures in the national security community, this book exposes an explosive chain of events:

  • Contrary to law, and with little oversight, the National Security Administration has been engaged in a massive domestic spying program.
  • On such sensitive issues as the use of torture, the administration created a zone of deniability: the president’s top advisors were briefed, but the president himself was not.
  • The United States actually gave nuclear-bomb designs to Iran.
  • The CIA had overwhelming evidence that Iraq had no nuclear weapons programs during the run-up to the Iraq war. They kept that information to themselves and didn’t tell the president.
  • While the United States has refused to lift a finger, Afghanistan has become a narco-state, supplying eighty-seven percent of the heroin sold on the global market.


These are just a few of the stories told in State of War. Beyond these shocking specifics, Risen describes troubling patterns: Truth-seekers within the CIA were fired or ignored. Long-standing rules were trampled. Assassination squads were trained; war crimes were proposed. Yet for all the aggressiveness of America’s spies, a blind eye was turned toward crucial links between al Qaeda and Saudi Arabia, among other sensitive topics.

Not since the revelations of CIA and FBI abuses in the 1970s have so many scandals in the intelligence community come to light. More broadly, Risen’s secret history shows how power really worked in George W. Bush’s presidency.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Risen offers a useful perspective on what the CIA has been doing since September 11th, and some devastating summary judgments.” New Yorker
“Illuminating and disturbing...a monumental job of reporting.” New York Times
“Explosive…Fast paced, quite mesmerizing, colorful, and fascinating.” New York Times Book Review
“Damning and dismaying…Risen’s book is an urgent contribution to the country’s common good by a skillful and courageous reporter.” Los Angeles Times
“The quantity, and apparent quality, of the secrets revealed in State of War distinguishes Risen’s book from its competitors. What it represents is a profound hemorrhaging of information from within the corridors of secret power in Washington.” Toronto Globe and Mail
“Domestic spying, demands for political loyalty in the name of national security, investigating a newspaper's sources: With State of War, the Nixonian déjà vu can give a reader whiplash.” Dallas Morning News
“Make[s] for startling, newsmaking reading.” Amazon.com
"A notorious phrase-slam dunk exposé of the CIA’s recent snafus…Risen has written a thrilling, depressing and worrying book.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author Bio: James Risen

Author Bio: James Risen

James Risen is an investigative journalist for the Intercept. He formerly covered national security for the New York Times, and he was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism. He also won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including State of War, a New York Times bestseller.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English