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Author: Marc A. Thiessen Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9781483059013
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Marc Thiessen knows more than almost anyone outside the CIA about what went on at CIA “black sites” and at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As chief speechwriter for President Bush, he was given unprecedented access to some of the most sensitive intelligence our government possessed on al-Qaeda terrorists. He has since spent countless hours interviewing the men and women involved in the interrogations at every level—from Vice President Dick Cheney to the interrogators themselves. What he reveals is a shocking, thoroughly documented account of just how close we came to suffering more 9/11-like attacks, and how so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” including waterboarding, were directly responsible for unearthing the actionable intelligence that foiled them. He also shows the extraordinary measures the Bush administration took to stay well within the bounds of what was not only legally, but morally right. America’s dedicated intelligence professionals went head-to-head with the world’s most dangerous terrorists and won—but now Barack Obama wants to put them at risk of prosecution for defending our country. Worse, by dismantling this successful CIA program and exposing its secrets to our enemies, he is inviting disaster for America.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 11/20/2013

    " Amazing wht Obama is doing to our security and the CIE, terrible. "

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

    " Do yourself a favor and get an accurate look at the damage the current administration is doing to our national security, the farce that is the liberal media, and how Comrade Barack and his cronies are bound and determine to destroy this nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/1/2012

    " An important book touching on the war on "terror", the Geneva Conventions, enhanced interagation techniques and the actual facts dealing with all of the above. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristopher | 8/19/2012

    " A must-read primer on how we began winning against Al Qaeda and why current policy is costing us dearly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luaba | 6/24/2012

    " I try to do my best to look at both side of each stories. Basically, Marc Thiessen shows that the mentality of the previous administration was had a "By any means necessary" mentality. I do not agree with the methods and the approach, but I appreciate the inside on the other school of thoughts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 6/13/2010

    " I was mainly interested in the information about thwarted Al Qaeda attacks as a result of the CIA interrogations. Unfortunately that was covered in about the first chapter, and the remainder of the book focused on combating the arguments against CIA interrogation techniques. "

About the Author

MARC THIESSEN’S fifteen-year national security career has taken him from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon and the West Wing, where he served on the White House senior staff as chief speechwriter to President George W. Bush.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for several audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.