The Way of the World

  • by Ron Suskind
  • Narrated by Alan Sklar
  • 16 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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Audible Editor 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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annoyingly breathy narrator

Too bad Suskind reads only the introduction. I had to stop listening two and half hours into the book, as this narrator's breathy and needlessly melodramatic delivery was driving me nuts.


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- Christopher "I am a co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto, and author of Gonzo Marketing: Winning Through Worst Practices, and The Bombast Transcripts."

Exceptionally good

I was initially interested in Suskind's "Way of the World" because of the latest revelation of Bush/Cheney skullduggery - the forged letter verifying Al Queda's link with Saddam Hussein. However, the book is much more than an argument for impeachment. Suskind documents how Bush/Cheney administration has alienated the U.S. from the rest of the world, and how that has made it more likely for a terrorist nuclear attack.

As importantly, Suskind also provides stories of hope - about people who are working to genuinely reduce the threat of a nuclear attack as well as people who discover that their common humanity transcends the religious and political differences between the Islamic world and America.

The book is very well-written and excellently narrated.
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- David

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio