Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

Version: Unabridged
Author: Tim Weiner
Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki
Genres: North America, Public Policy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: August 2007
# of Units: 17 CDs
Length: 21 hours, 30 minutes
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This is the book the CIA does not want you to read. For sixty years, the CIA has maintained its reputation while hiding its blunders from the public. Now a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter reveals the truth.

Reviews (2)

Not The Whole Story

Written by Anonymous on February 9th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

In the beginning the author's goal seems to be to slam the CIA. It goes on to describe the CIA's successes as more accident than plan. But you get the sense that it is not the whole story even though it claims to be. If you are a conspiracy buff, this book reads like a government attempt to down play its secret police.

Real Downer

Written by Anonymous on May 25th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

9 CDs of audio outlining decades of CIA incompetence, story after story of screwup after screwup. Any CIA success covered was immediately downplayed by some future horrible ramification. If you're in 'blame America first' crowd, then this book is for you.

Author Details

Author Details

Weiner, Tim

Tim Weiner is a reporter for "The New York Times," He has written on American intelligence for twenty years, and won the Pulitzer Prize for his work on secret national security programs. He has traveled to Afghanistan and other nations to investigate CIA covert operations firsthand. This is his third book.