- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Penguin India (12 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014342081X
- ISBN-13: 978-0143420811
- Package Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Way of the Knife: The Untold Story of USA's secret War Paperback – 12 Apr 2013
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Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for the New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington's response. He has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) and the Livingston Award, for breaking the story of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes. Mazzetti has also written for the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report and the Economist. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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The book is about America post 9/11 and a world without borders where there is only one super power deciding what is good and what is not…and going behind the guys they think are bad….remember the famous Bush line : ‘ Either you are with us…or against us’.
Long Long ago, CIA employed spooks who masqueraded as Aid officers, diplomats, journalists and other occupations and provided the inside info to the US government…and the government acted based on the information thru the defense services. This cold war era style modus operandi lost favour and in this instant world where everything including justice and retribution has to be instant…..the CIA turns into a mean killing machine. Easier bumping off the shadowy dodgy characters….and at times thru out-sourced agencies who are beyond the laws of the land…then go thru the old fashioned remit that the CIA had….and this is blessed by Bush and later followed up with greater rigor by Obama.
Thru first class research and written in an absolutely racy manner, the author takes us thru this transformation of CIA into a paramilitary agency and its (mis)adventures. The theater of action is not just Pakistan and Afghanistan but the masterly sweep of the author takes us into Somalia Yemen.
Like all books on CIA, it also takes us thru the internecine turf wars with the defense department. At times, both the Defense establishment and the CIA come across as bumbling idiots….compared to the first class work that MOSSAD does. ( disclaimer: Don’t agree/approve all that Mossad does but one has to appreciate the sheer professionalism and execution excellence of Mossad)
At times, the book is scary about the way a superpower operates in a unipolar world.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. Go for it.
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