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As a starting point, this book is absolutely one-sided. I would have loved to have heard some counter-points and arguments as it progresses. That said, if 1% of the allegations set forth in the book are true then American policy is pointing us to be no better than another totalitarian state.
I thought the specific examples were very good, if chilling. I also thought the mostly chronological telling lent itself well.
It is a very depressing book and, while I did enjoy it and it was informative, I'm glad it's over. I withheld 5 stars overall because there was no counter-point to the arguments of the author and because the narrator seemed to have an unusual number of mis-pronunciations.
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Found this book very interesting, as I have read a lot of the authors reference material. Have also learnt a lot from the book, as was quite shocked when I got to the torture practices of the Philippines about how the tortured victim was displayed. For those who have read up on the history of torture Project X, Project Phoenix and Project Artichoke as well as Cold War practises are discussed in detail. The narrator was very easy to listen to and read the book very well, although unfortunately but only one when rendition was mentioned the term 'extraordinary rendition' was used, that is a term given by the press not the CIA or Military