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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Friedman Narrator: Brian Emerson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455181834
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Dubbed by Barron’s as “The Shadow CIA,” Stratfor is one of the world’s most respected private global intelligence firms with an unmatched ability to provide clear perspective on the current geopolitical map. Here, drawing on Stratfor’s vast information-gathering network, George 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.

In America’s Secret War, 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. Here, in eye-opening detail, is an insightful picture of today’s world that goes far beyond what is reported in the news media.

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  • “Predictions have made George Friedman a hot property these days.”

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  • “[Friedman] is compelling.”

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  • “[Friedman] delivers a clearer, deeper, and subtler understanding of the post-9/11 world than we will ever get from listening to the cacophony of talking heads on television.”

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  • “The Friedmans: better than the CIA.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jasmine | 2/20/2014

    " I honestly did not get a whole lot of this book since it is a couple of years old. I still need to educate myself on what is currently happening in the middle east. (I am not a huge news buff so politics is a little hard for me to stay current on...) and thought that this book would be a good one to help spell out some things that I am still unclear on. But the book focused on mainly things that occurred during 9/11 so I wasn't very interested listening to it during my commute... (I tried to listen to it on audioCD...) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Nathan | 1/14/2014

    " a yawner. nothing here that you haven't already read in the newspaper. the bob woodward books were much more interesting. this book read like an chronological outline that the author collapsed into prose with a rotating and repetitive set of transition words. "First...", "Second...", "Additionally...", "However...". I was speed reading by the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim Johnson | 1/11/2014

    " Assuming that the author's sources were correct, he did a superb job changing my perceptions of the United States' involvement with Iraq. Although things got a bit dry at times, Friedman aptly presented a lot of background and historical analysis that was very enjoyable. It is refreshing to approach a subject in a novel way and to (hopefully) gain some insight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 1/11/2014

    " This book seemed unjustly sympathetic to the US Military's perspective and derisive of the peace movement. That said, it did expand my view of the recent US campaigns in the middle east by filling in the blanks with names, places, and dates to check with a different source. Overall I found the author's expertise valuable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 1/5/2014

    " If you could read only two books about the history of the war in Iraq, I'd read this and COBRA II. There are others I recommend, but these are the two best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikekite | 1/5/2014

    " Good inside intel agency documentary about the lead up to the Iraq War. This is not an anti-war book, nor a hawkish book, just a deeper history of events, with some speculation on the motives of the persons creating the events. Perfect if you want real-world Tom Clancy feel, and no fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 joko raharjo | 12/29/2013

    " This books is one of the best ever wrote by an author... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jerry Schlossnagle | 12/6/2013

    " A very insightful look into why and how America is dealing with terror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 12/1/2013

    " This book is even more important today than when it was written. It's the only thing I've read that helps in the least bit understand the recent events in the Middle East. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 7/24/2013

    " This book is very well written. It also provided a lot of knew insight in both Iraq and Afghanistan that I've never heard before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 matt | 7/17/2013

    " A lot of unsubstantiated stuff, and a worldview that I don't share... but the section on the Iraqi insurgency at the end makes the whole book well worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jc | 11/25/2012

    " Everyone should explore the varying perspectives on geopolitical reality. This is an interesting perspective and worth taking a look at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 6/19/2012

    " Friedman's book is sober, authoritative, and credible. Reading it, I had the impression that it was written in one sitting; the pace is so intense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Fredrickson | 7/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book a lot, partly because it appears very non-partisan in its analysis and exposition of the issues and events in the Middle East. It provides a very nuanced look at the players, their strategies, their successes and failures in the struggle for control during a very turbulent time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 BAKU | 7/26/2011

    " Repeats himself ( badly editied ? ) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis Willingham | 7/23/2011

    " Great analysis of causes and reasons for the Afganastan and Iraq wars. Great emphasis on fact and analysis rather than value judgements. Endevors to explain what transpired, what it was intended to do and why instead of judging was an action right or wrong moraly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/3/2011

    " Interesting. I listened to the audio CD of the book during my daily commute. Friedman argues that the strategic motives behind the Iraq War were always known by the decision makers (obviously not WMDs) but just kept from the public. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Najeeb Hanoudi | 5/4/2011

    " this is a very good analysis of america' and the free world's threats from al-qaeda and its affiliates, very good reading "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 2/27/2011

    " Everyone who every believed what politicians said about the Afghan and Iraq conflicts should read this book, some will find it startling. For the less trusting amongst us it merely confirms just how misguided US foreign policy has been. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kent | 2/5/2011

    " If you could read only two books about the history of the war in Iraq, I'd read this and COBRA II. There are others I recommend, but these are the two best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cavolonero | 10/22/2010

    " Repeats himself ( badly editied ? ) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 5/29/2009

    " Likes: Some strategic analysis of the Afghan and Iraq wars that is not otherwise obvious.
    Dislikes: Emphasis on strategic outcomes rather than principles. Lack of respect for or understanding of public anti-war sentiment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mikekite | 10/16/2008

    " Good inside intel agency documentary about the lead up to the Iraq War. This is not an anti-war book, nor a hawkish book, just a deeper history of events, with some speculation on the motives of the persons creating the events. Perfect if you want real-world Tom Clancy feel, and no fiction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Najeeb | 7/17/2007

    " this is a very good analysis of america' and the free world's threats from al-qaeda and its affiliates, very good reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 joko | 6/28/2007

    " This books is one of the best ever wrote by an author...



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About the Author

George Friedman is the founder and CEO of Stratfor, the world’s leading private intelligence company. He is frequently called upon as a media expert and is the author of four books, including America’s Secret War, and numerous articles on national security, information warfare, computer security, and the intelligence business. He lives in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Brian Emerson is an actor and technical director with a long career in the Washington, DC, and Baltimore areas.