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Author: Mark Mazzetti Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: Recorded Books, Inc. Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781470361051

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New York Times journalist Mark Mazzetti has won numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting. In The Way of the Knife, Mazzetti offers a riveting account of how the CIA and special ops forces have been transformed to accommodate the new American way of war. From killer drones to clandestine spy networks, today's non-battlefield methods of fighting are no longer bound by rules of wartime accountability.

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  • “It’s hard to remember, but for the last quarter of the twentieth century, the CIA took no part in assassinating bad guys. How the agency transformed itself into ‘a killing machine, an organization consumed with manhunting,’ is the subject of Mark Mazzetti’s fascinating, trenchant, sometimes tragicomic account, The Way of the Knife.”

    - New York Times Book Review
  • “Mark Mazzetti documents the militarization of the CIA and the stepped-up intelligence focus of Special Operations forces…in his deeply reported and crisply written account…[The Way of the Knife] also reveals the many eccentric characters who emerged during this era of shifting portfolios and illustrates another important theme of the book: the privatization of intelligence operations, which were traditionally a core government function.”

    - Washington Post
  • “A well-reported, smoothly written book for anyone who wants to understand contemporary American military might and the widespread hatred for the U.S. that has been the result.”

    - Kirkus Reviews
  • “The story of how the CIA got back into the killing business is as chilling and dramatic as a spy novel—except it’s true. Mark Mazzetti has laid out an extraordinary tale, tracking the spies as they track the terrorists. The Way of the Knife is as close as you’ll ever get to the real thing.”

    - Dexter Filkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Forever War
  • “The United States fought three wars after 9/11: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the one in the shadows. This is an authoritative account of that third war, conducted by the CIA and military Special Operators in Yemen, East Africa, and, most of all, Pakistan. If you want to understand the world we live in, you need to read it.”

    - Thomas E. Ricks, New York Times bestselling author of Fiasco and The Generals
  • “The Way of the Knife provides a stunning, inside account of the CIA’s transformation after 9/11 from an intelligence agency into a global clandestine killing machine. Mazzetti, who is one of America’s best national security reporters, has written a frightening, must-read book.”

    - Jane Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals


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About the Author

Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for the New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response, and he has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) and the Livingston Award, for breaking the story of the CIA’s destruction of interrogation videotapes. Mazzetti has also written for the Los Angeles Times, US News & World Report, and Economist. He lives in Washington, DC.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned numerous Audie Awards for narration, as well as Audie nominations. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Dashiell Hammett, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.