America's Secret War: Inside the Hidden Worldwide Struggle Between America and Its Enemies

Version: Unabridged
Author: George Friedman
Narrator: Brian Emerson
Genres: Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: December 2004
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 49 minutes
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Dubbed by Barron's as "The Shadow CIA," Stratfor, George Friedman's global intelligence company, has provided analysis to Fortune 500 companies, news outlets, and even the U.S. government. Now Friedman delivers the geopolitical story that the mainstream media has been unable to uncover — the startling truth behind America's foreign policy and war effort in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.

Stratfor, one of the world's most respected private global intelligence firms, has an unmatched ability to provide clear perspective on the current geopolitical map. In America's Secret War, George Friedman identifies the United States' most dangerous enemies, delves into presidential strategies of the last quarter century, and reveals the real reasons behind the attack of September 11—and the Bush administration's motivation for the war in Iraq. It describes in eye-opening detail America's covert and overt efforts in the global war against terrorism: Not only are U.S. armies in combat on every continent but also, since September 11, the intelligence services of dozens of nations have been operating in close partnership with the CIA.

America's Secret War is an unprecedented look at the new world war being waged behind the scenes today. It is sure to stir debate and capture headlines around the world.

Reviews (4)

Sequel Needed

Written by John Monroe from Winchester, VA on February 22nd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Inside an Insider's View

Written by Mandi Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on April 7th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Misses the point

Written by Reza Nojoomi on January 6th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

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.

America's Secret War

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on June 26th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Friedman, George

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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