George Friedman's "America's Secret War" kept me waiting in the garage before turning the car's CD off. That's how I describe books I can't put down because I enjoy them so much. This is a must read for anyone interested in US and world affairs at a time when the changes taking place in the Mid-East are going to have lasting and widespread effects on all of us. I thought I understood why we went into Iraq - I was wrong. Friedman makes sense out of complicated issues. I just wish the administrations had the sense to let people actually know why they are doing what they do. I can't wait to see the sequal to this book that brings us up to current events. In the last chapter, Friedman states that all the US objectives have been met since no governments have been toppled. The sequel will be interesting reading.
Since George Friedman's company is in the business of providing intelligence for a price, one would expect information far beyond what the average investigative reporter/author could possibly dig up on the beat. "America's Secret War" does not disappoint. Despite being 12 CD's long, the audio book is never boring and provides a fresh look at geopolitical events since the 1970's through today. Disk 1 alone is worth a listen for it's excellent background on the last few decades of the 20th century. Disk 4 provides one of the best explainations of McCarthyism I've ever heard. Friedman is an insider who presents his information without a political agenda which is refreshing considering the heated topics he covers.
I listened to first 4 CDs of this book and saw no reason to continue with the remaining. Primarily because the writer, unintentionally, or intentionally (I believe in the latter) misses to mention the real reason behind all this animosity which, by the way, is able to eloquently explain. There is no word about oil and America’s love of manipulating nations to get the oil it needs, or its support of corrupt dictatorships around the world with the price of destroying unwanted democracies. Without this, the book is only a condensed version of Fox News or at its best MSNBC channels that I never bother to watch. There are valuable books written by Noam Chomsky, Bob Woodward, and other great people. I suggest the writer to consider reading these books instead of writing one which adds no value.
One of the more thought-provoking, non-partisan books on America's war on terror. What's really going on, and some provocative ideas on what is really going on, and why the US is going down the path it is today. Some of Friedman's insights are chilling, and make this book well worth the read. I only wish there were an update that takes us through the last two years as well, as this book takes the reader along for the journey up to 2004.
GEORGE FRIEDMAN is the founder and chairman of Stratfor, the leading private intelligence company. Friedman is the author of four books and numerous articles on national security, warfare, and the intelligence business. A nationally recognized expert on intelligence and international geopolitics, he has appeared on all the major television networks and has been featured, along with Stratfor, in such national publications as "Time," "Barron's," the" Wall Street Journal," and the" New York Times Magazine."
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