Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

Author:   Tim Weiner ,  Stefan Rudnicki
Publisher:   Blackstone Audiobooks
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9781433203039


Publication Date:   01 August 2007
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For over sixty years, the CIA has maintained a formidable reputation in spite of its terrible record, never disclosing its blunders to the American public. It spun its own truth to the nation while reality lay buried in classified archives. Now, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Tim Weiner offers a stunning indictment of the CIA, a deeply flawed organization that has never deserved America's confidence. Legacy of Ashes is based on more than fifty thousand documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA. Everything is on the record. There are no anonymous sources, no blind quotations. With shocking revelations that will make headlines, Tim Weiner gets at the truth and tells how the CIA's failures have profoundly jeopardized our national security.

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Author:   Tim Weiner ,  Stefan Rudnicki
Publisher:   Blackstone Audiobooks
Imprint:   Blackstone Audiobooks
Dimensions:   Width: 18.00cm , Height: 5.20cm , Length: 16.20cm
Weight:   0.485kg
ISBN:  

9781433203039


ISBN 10:   1433203030
Publication Date:   01 August 2007
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   Availability explained
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[An] absorbing study...Weiner musters extensive archival research and interviews with top-ranking insiders...to present the agency's saga as an exercise in trying to change the world without bothering to understand it...The result is a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Tough, fair-minded...Exceptional in the annals of spy literature for not citing a single anonymous source. -- Playboy The best...ever written on a case of espionage. -- Wall Street Journal Similar to first-rate fiction, which is generally driven by narrative thrust and strong characters, good nonfiction usually has a unique and identifiable tone. It's the audiobook narrator's job to suss out that tone, and to locate its counterpart in his own vocal repertoire. I found Tim Weiner's tone to be one of profound authority tempered with a delicious sardonic edge. It made the book great fun to read. -- Stefan Rudnicki, narrator Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's attention to the many quotes enhances the text...His comfort with many languages strengthens the continuity of the production. -- AudioFile The epigrammatic style, hard edge and caustic bite of a first-rate detective novel. -- Chicago Tribune Deeply researched...Impressively studied...Provides new insights and details. -- New York Times For an important book like this one, it's important for an audiobook narrator to have a certain gravitas, and Rudnicki has plenty...Rudnicki is one of the best narrators in the business and he's in top form here--Legacy of Ashes is one of the best audiobooks of the year. -- Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)


Similar to first-rate fiction, which is generally driven by narrative thrust and strong characters, good nonfiction usually has a unique and identifiable tone. It's the audiobook narrator's job to suss out that tone, and to locate its counterpart in his own vocal repertoire. I found Tim Weiner's tone to be one of profound authority tempered with a delicious sardonic edge. It made the book great fun to read. -- Stefan Rudnicki, narrator Narrator Stefan Rudnicki's attention to the many quotes enhances the text...His comfort with many languages strengthens the continuity of the production. -- AudioFile [An] absorbing study...Weiner musters extensive archival research and interviews with top-ranking insiders...to present the agency's saga as an exercise in trying to change the world without bothering to understand it...The result is a credible and damning indictment of American intelligence policy. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) Tough, fair-minded...Exceptional in the annals of spy literature for not citing a single anonymous source. -- Playboy The epigrammatic style, hard edge and caustic bite of a first-rate detective novel. -- Chicago Tribune The best...ever written on a case of espionage. -- Wall Street Journal Deeply researched...Impressively studied...Provides new insights and details. -- New York Times For an important book like this one, it's important for an audiobook narrator to have a certain gravitas, and Rudnicki has plenty...Rudnicki is one of the best narrators in the business and he's in top form here--Legacy of Ashes is one of the best audiobooks of the year. -- Publishers Weekly (starred audio review)


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Tim Weiner has covered American intelligence for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the New York Times and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1988. He has traveled extensively to report first-hand on CIA covert operations and has lectured at the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency to audiences of senior officials. Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile's Golden Voices in 2012.

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