Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

Awards:   Winner of National Book Award. Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2007 Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2007.
Author:   Tim Weiner
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN:  

9780241956236


Pages:   832
Publication Date:   01 March 2012
Format:   Paperback
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  • Winner of National Book Award.
  • Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2007
  • Winner of US National Book Award for Non-Fiction 2007.

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Winner of the National Book Award 'This extraordinary story reads like tragedy and thriller. Impeccably sourced, utterly absorbing, dazzling and very, very dark' Time Out All-powerful, brilliant, decisive, ruthlessly effective . . . this is the image of the CIA as portrayed in countless films and novels. It is wrong. This shocking book, based on thousands of declassified documents and interviews with agents at all levels, shows the reality behind the glamorous myth- a blundering, chaotic and dangerously incompetent organization. In a story of botched coups, missed targets, lost operatives and fatal errors, Tim Weiner shows how the CIA now poses a threat not only to the security of the US, but the world. 'Combines thrilling storytelling with terrifying revelations' Simon Sebag Montefiore, New Statesman, Books of the Year 'Weiner's riveting history of the CIA contains dozens of jaw-dropping incidents . . . astonishing' Mail on Sunday 'Timely, immensely readable, and highly critical' Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down 'Marvellous . . . that every quote is also on the record is a testament to his skill' Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars

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Author:   Tim Weiner
Publisher:   Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 3.50cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.576kg
ISBN:  

9780241956236


ISBN 10:   0241956234
Pages:   832
Publication Date:   01 March 2012
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  College/higher education ,  General ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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This extraordinary story reads like tragedy and thriller. Impeccably sourced, utterly absorbing, dazzling and very, very dark Time Out This racy history reveals the CIA as a secret service to make Smiley weep and Bond howl in horror Daily Telegraph Combines thrilling storytelling with terrifying revelations -- Simon Sebag Montefiore New Statesman, Books of the Year Weiner's riveting history of the CIA contains dozens of jaw-dropping incidents ... astonishing Evening Standard, Books of the Year Timely, immensely readable, and highly critical -- Mark Bowden, Author Of 'black Hawk Down' Marvellous ... that every quote is also on the record is a testament to his skill -- Steve Coll, Author Of 'ghost Wars' Winner of the National Book Award Prizes and awards


This extraordinary story reads like tragedy and thriller. Impeccably sourced, utterly absorbing, dazzling and very, very dark Time Out This racy history reveals the CIA as a secret service to make Smiley weep and Bond howl in horror Daily Telegraph Combines thrilling storytelling with terrifying revelations -- Simon Sebag Montefiore New Statesman, Books of the Year Weiner's riveting history of the CIA contains dozens of jaw-dropping incidents ... astonishing Evening Standard, Books of the Year Timely, immensely readable, and highly critical -- Mark Bowden, Author Of 'black Hawk Down' Marvellous ... that every quote is also on the record is a testament to his skill -- Steve Coll, Author Of 'ghost Wars' Winner of the National Book Award Prizes and awards


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Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times where he has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and fifteen other nations. He was based for a decade in Washington, DC, where he covered the CIA and the military - the last topic being the basis for his famous book Blank Check- The Pentagon's Black Budget. His latest book is Legacy of Ashes- The History of the CIA (2007).

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