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This book could have been merely good, if the author simply shared her first-hand experiences with corruption. Instead, she went beyond by researching historic writings on corruption and drawing parallels to current day. In addition, she also gives many reasonable options for fighting corruption moving forward.
While some reviewers have found the narration to be "shrill," I found it had extra weight when the thoughts were stressed as the author intended. Some statements are meant to have impact and the voicing should reflect that.
All around this is an outstanding book. It moves beyond merely reporting on facts, to understanding causes, and recommending solutions.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Thieves of State to be better than the print version?
I like the narrator -- she happens to be the author -- but have not read the printed book.
What does Sarah Chayes bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
It is a powerful, instructive account of reality. It should be required reading for us all.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Nothing to laugh about, but it is certainly "for to weep".
Any additional comments?
Wake up, everybody.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful