State of War

  • by James Risen
  • Narrated by Boyd Gaines
  • 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history, a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate. This hidden history involves domestic spying, abuses of power, and outrageous operations. It includes a CIA that became caught in a political cross fire that it could not withstand, and what it did to respond. It includes a Defense Department that made its own foreign policy, even against the wishes of the commander-in-chief. It features a president who created a sphere of deniability in which his top aides were briefed on matters of the utmost sensitivity, but the president was carefully kept in ignorance. State of War reveals this hidden history for the first time, including scandals that will redefine the Bush presidency.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Critical to understanding how we got to Snowden.

What made the experience of listening to State of War the most enjoyable?

Enjoyable isn't exactly the term I would use. Frightening is far more appropriate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of State of War?

That intelligence experts who had spent their entire lives learning about one particular place, or person, or culture, could be completely dismissed by ignorant, political wonks with no military experience.

Have you listened to any of Boyd Gaines’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The truth hurts. It was painful.

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- JBliss

A useful coverage of Intel activities, if dated

A useful introduction for those unfamiliar with the intelligence or military intel programs. It does present more information than the media headlines of the times did, but also missed much other publicly available information sources.
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- Carroll

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-18-2006
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio