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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (577 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ron Suskind Narrator: Ron Suskind, Alan Sklar Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN: 9780061688188
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From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantánamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope within the Beltway and far beyond it, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post-9/11 world.

In a sweeping, propulsive, and multilayered narrative, The Way of the World investigates how America relinquished the moral leadership it now desperately needs to fight the real threat of our era: a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. Truth, justice, and accountability become more than mere words in this story. Suskind shows where the most neglected dangers lie in the story of "The Armageddon Test" —a desperate gamble to send undercover teams into the world's nuclear black market to frustrate the efforts of terrorists trying to procure weapons-grade uranium. In the end, he finally reveals for the first time the explosive falsehood underlying the Iraq War and the entire Bush presidency.

While the public and political realms struggle, The Way of the World simultaneously follows an ensemble of characters in America and abroad who are turning fear and frustration into a desperate—and often daring—brand of human salvation. They include a striving, twenty-four-year-old Pakistani émigré, a fearless UN refugee commissioner, an Afghan teenager, a Holocaust survivor's son, and Benazir Bhutto, who discovers, days before her death, how she's been abandoned by the United States at her moment of greatest need. They are all testing American values at a time of peril, and discovering solutions—human solutions—to so much that has gone wrong.

For anyone hoping to exercise truly informed consent and begin the process of restoring the values and hope—along with the moral clarity and earned optimism—at the heart of the American tradition, The Way of the World is a must-read.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Complex, ambitious, provocative, risky…In a crowded, highly talented field, Mr. Suskind bids fair to claim the crown as the most perceptive, incisive, dogged chronicler of the inner workings of the Bush administration.”

    New York Times

  • “Startling…Chilling…A reportorial feat…Suskind skillfully traces several interwoven stories of cultural clashes and cross-pollination, all of them pursuing the questions of whether America and the Muslim world can ever look past their differences and find understanding.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Suskind's reporting continues to make him an indispensable chronicler of the Bush/Cheney debacle.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A touching story…Suskind is a skilled reporter…The moral of Suskind's story, in short, is that nothing suceeds like truthfulness.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Moving…Mr. Suskind is a prodigiously talented craftsman…It's all here: a cast of characters that sprawls across class and circumstance to represent the totality of a historical moment… These hard times, Mr. Suskind's book suggests, call for a nonfiction Dickens.”

    New York Observer

  • “Ron Suskind does not think small…A sweeping examination of moral authority in a global world and how a post-9/11 America seems to have lost its way.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Extraordinary…If Mr Suskind is correct, laws have been broken and President George W. Bush and/or Dick Cheney are implicated…This is—or ought to be—a Watergate-sized scandal.”

    Financial Times

  • “Outstanding…A searching, globe-hopping masterpiece of investigative journalism and empathetic prose. Amidst the 'arabesque' of richly drawn characters, Suskind reveals a few bombshell discoveries regarding the Bush Administration's irresponsibility and outright lies.”

    Huffington Post

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award
  • Audiofile Magazine “Best of the Year”

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoAnn | 1/28/2014

    " A story about how America under the Bush administration lost it's moral leadership and standing in the world, and how reclaiming these intrinsic values might be our most effective weapon against the threat of terriorism in the 21st century. Well written, and well researched, and soberly thought-provoking, honest, and realistic this is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicholas | 1/10/2014

    " Assassination, accounts of detained citizens, and blatant lies all encumber our populations unification towards progress and peace in this, simply, the best true American drama of the year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stewart | 1/10/2014

    " "The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism" shows how the United States has lost is moral leadership in the world and its ability to influence foreign events the past seven years -- through the narratives of several people in and out of the U.S. government and in Afghanistan. There is a startling revelation of two last-minute intelligence meetings with high Iraqi officials in early 2003 that clearly showed that Saddam Hussein's Iraq had no large arms, biological or nuclear programs. The Bush administration chose to ignore this compelling evidence in its rush to war. Ron Suskind won a Pulitzer Prize while writing for the Wall Street Journal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phil | 1/5/2014

    " Really 2.5 stars. Suskind, best known as a domestic journalist, attempts to combine the stories of an Afghan in America, a Pakistani in America, Benazir Bhutto, and the efforts of various federal agents to prevent a nuclear 9/11. This sounds confused because it is confused, and Suskind's attempts to tie the narratives together push the book into twee (sickeningly cute) territory. Everything in this book has been done better by someone else, Ahmed Rashid and Peter Bergin among others. "

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

    " Interesting book that tries to wove personal stories and investigative journalism in the "war on terror". It lacks a train of thoughts and sometimes it gets hard to see the point he is getting at. Two interesting things in the book. Talks about Benazir Bhutto as a snobbish upper class women who spent her time in exile hanging out with British aristocracy. And the fact that Bush knew that there were no WMD but still went at it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Holmes | 12/26/2013

    " If this is accurate, then we have really over-valued the means justify the ends in our constant struggle to balance principle with results. We need leadership that will tip the scales back to a more principled approach, while remaining aware of the need for pragmatic solutions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisbeth | 11/27/2013

    " This book was great and should be required reading prior to the election. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bronwen | 11/24/2013

    " Precious, self-satisfied style; could not proceed. Novels do a better job conveying current moral climate: read Nadeem Aslam and Chris Cleave. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 11/10/2013

    " Really got me thinking about our post-9/11 world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 11/4/2013

    " I enjoyed the way Suskind profiled both high level policymakers and average folks to enlighten us about the situation in the Middle East and the impact it has on America's relations with the rest of the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 9/28/2012

    " Ron Suskind puts a human face on the chaos and craziness that has grown out of the events of a new century. In a rapidly shrinking and often confusing world, some brave souls still reach out in friendship. May they always exist no matter how suspicious the world gets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 7/1/2012

    " Suskind weaves research-based political/policy analysis and individual narratives extremely well in this look at Bush-era policies and our post-9/11 world. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 6/23/2012

    " Dispatches from the cultural war. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarrod | 4/6/2011

    " Perfect insight to the challenges facing humanity. Sadly just one of the many challenges and scary enough to make one consider that all is probably lost. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vannessagrace | 8/1/2010

    " An interesting take on how Bush and Cheney’s secret meetings led us to war in Afghanistan and how Bush and Cheney tricked us into buying into their scheme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/11/2010

    " Listened to the audiobook.

    The narrator/reader was lame. He was frequently annoying. the book was interesting, especially the stuff about the build up to Iraq war, and the Benazir Bhutto stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joel | 1/12/2010

    " Listened to it on audiobook. I'm a big fan of Suskind. It's a very human account of how the war on terrorism has touched different lives....good and bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alan | 12/13/2009

    " Really got me thinking about our post-9/11 world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 11/4/2009

    " Suskind weaves research-based political/policy analysis and individual narratives extremely well in this look at Bush-era policies and our post-9/11 world. "

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About the Author

Ron Suskind is the author of The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000 he was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.

About the Narrator

Alan Sklar, a graduate of Dartmouth, has excelled in his career as a freelance voice actor. He began narrating audiobooks in 1996, winning seven AudioFile Earphones Awards and earning several “Best Voice” awards. He has also worked as a stage actor and as a promo announcer at WPIX-TV in New York City. His dream is to be an opera singer, a role for which he hones his bass-baritone operatic skills in the upstairs shower of his home.