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Editorial Reviews

Through a series of interconnected real-life stories, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind paints a portrait of the United States post-9/11. The nation, he believes, is in the midst of a mighty struggle to reestablish its moral authority. In one especially revealing scene, he describes the detention of a young Pakistani professional near the White House at the very moment President Bush is speaking about civil rights to a group of black leaders. These vignettes translate well to audio, and Alan Sklar renders them effectively for listeners. He refrains from the emotionality that the author shows in his narration of the introduction.
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Publisher's Summary

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling 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 Guantanamo, 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.
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-listen.
©2008 Ron Suskind (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kyle on 08-19-08

Essential Reading, Five Stars

Another monumental work by Suskind, The Way of the World is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding how to win the so-called "war on terror", and why so far we are losing. Although the talk show circuit has focused on the book's new revelations of the Bush administration's use of deception in instigating the war in Iraq (including illegally ordering the CIA to forge documents to deceive the American public), it will be remembered for its insightful exploration of America's real strength: our democratic values of inclusiveness, equality, free speech, and dialog. In a series of interwoven personal narratives, Suskind gives us an intimate look at key moments when good deeds by individual Americans helped change the way their Muslim friends viewed America and the world. Similarly, the book shows moments when our Muslim interlocutors have helped Americans better understand how to live up to our democratic ideals. Many books detail the errors and excesses of the "war on terror." This book alone speaks movingly and convincingly of the way forward.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deeann on 08-17-08

explosive, fascinating

information not easily found elsewhere - stories giving a large overview on the so-called "war on terror"- like a political thriller in parts - human interest story in others along with completely shocking information...

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