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Extended Audio Sample Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War, by Bob Drogin Click for printable size audiobook cover
4.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 54.15 out of 5 4.15 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bob Drogin Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780739358184
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Curveball answers the crucial question of the Iraq war: How and why was America’s intelligence so catastrophically wrong? In this dramatic and explosive book, award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Bob Drogin delivers a narrative that takes us to Europe, the Middle East, and deep inside the CIA to find the truth—the truth about the lies and self-deception that led us into a military and political nightmare.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “But, again, the intelligence community was disappointing the Bush administration…Los Angeles Times correspondent Bob Drogin lays out the whole sorry tale in his forthcoming book.”


  • “Enter Bob Drogin's new book…an insightful and compelling account of one crucial component of the war’s origins…Had Drogin merely pieced together Curveball’s story, it alone would have made for a thrilling book. But he provides something more: a frightening glimpse at how easily we could make the same mistakes again…The real value of Drogin’s book is its meticulous demonstration that bureaucratic imperative often leads to self-delusion.”

    Washington Monthly

  • “In this engrossing account, Los Angeles Times correspondent Drogin paints an intimate and revealing portrait of the workings and dysfunctions of the intelligence community.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Drogin delivers a startling account of this fateful intelligence snafu.”


  • “Just when you thought the WMD debacle couldn’t get worse, here comes veteran Los Angeles Times national-security correspondent Drogin’s look at just who got the stories going in the first place…Simultaneously sobering and infuriating—essential reading for those who follow the headlines.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the 2007 Cornelius Ryan Award
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