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James Risen
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Negara Haus Perang

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  438 ratings  ·  43 reviews
The winter holidays are usually a quiet time for news, but the December 2005 revelations of the Bush administration's extensive, off-the-books domestic spying program by New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau made headline after headline, raising criticism from both sides of the aisle and an immediate, unapologetic response from President Bush himself. On ...more
Published 2007 by MQS Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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A hastily written,breezy, and somewhat opinionated analysis of the CIA's role in the Bush administration's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but evenhanded for the most part, even though it paints the administration as naive, overly hawkish neocons. He also briefly sums up Clinton's counterterrorism policies and their failures. Very easy, snarky read. Also includes an interesting, very detailed account of Abu Zubaydah's capture. He also writes about the CIA-sponsored Iraqi paramilitary "Scorpions". ...more
Tony duncan
May 09, 2009 Tony duncan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in history politics and military issues
Recommended to Tony by: dad
Shelves: audio, history, politics
An excellent even handed analysis of the CIA's role in the fight against Al Qaida, and the war in iraq. Mostly about the role in the Bush Amin. it does not spare the Clinton years.
This is just another confirmation of the lies and the manipulation that the Bush admin, especially Cheney and Rumsfeld, used to channel the CIA into a role of supporting admin policy rather than giving unvarnished intelligence.
It gives a good line of the progression from the initial policy decisions of the Administrat
Reading this book some 8 years after it was published filled me with anger (again) about what was (and is) done in our country's collective name. Done without oversight; in fact, done with the deliberate intention of avoiding ANY oversight. There are no successes trumpeted by Risen and one can be certain given the egotistical and megalomaniac nature of the Bush Administration that any successes would have been "declassified" and brought forth then - or later. Instead, we remain in 2014 waiting f ...more
James Piper
Beacause I have read so much on this topic, much of it wasn't new, but a worth a read.

One thing you'll conclude is Cheney used the CIA, manipulated the CIA to support his conviction that the US had to invade Iraq. It's this type of warped thinking I find repulsive. Data picking to support a conclusion and not the other way around.

I'm amazed that everyone seems to think it was the CIA's fault. They became the scapegoat. Where they failed was not being more politically savy.
Dennis Fischman
Things you'll learn, or be reminded of and still shocked by, if you read State of War by James Risen:

CIA Director George Tenet got and kept his job by sucking up to power.

The CIA specifically avoided asking President George W. Bush for authorization to use torture, providing him with what the spy trade calls "plausible deniability."

The NSA started large-scale spying on Americans almost immediately after 9/11/2001, "The Bush administration...swept aside nearly thirty years of rules and regulat
Ahmed Abdelhamid
الكتاب يعج بالمعلومات التي ليست قيمة في ذاتها لأنها غير مؤكدة, ولكن لقيمة "إمكانية الفعل" نفسه. أو اختلاف الآليات...
يلقي الكتاب الضوء على الجانب الإنساني في العلاقات, فمثلا إحباط عملاء المخابرات الذين تحولوا إلى "سجانين" لم يكن هذا هو ما تمنوه في حياتهم, وكذا علاقة بوش الأب بابنه... والتي لم يكن ليغفلها الكاتب, في الأخير هو والده ولو كان بوش الصيغر رئيس أكبر دولة في العالم. مشاعر الغيرة و الحقد و الوقيعة في الطبقة الحاكمة في أمريكا... كلها أشياء لا تكتب في كتب التاريخ كأحداث أو وقائع غيرت مجرى
Brian Tibby
Well written book chronicling the first six years of the Bush administration. Many of the events in this book were first reported by James Risen in the New York Times and remain (almost) as relevant today as nine years ago, including many issues (CIA dentions, NSA wiretaps, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, counterterrorism policies, as well as Risen's own involvement in a DOJ investigation into CIA leaks) still on the front pages of newspapers. As demonstrated by Risen's previous book The Main ...more
Okay. I picked this up after hearing about the related leak prosecution, not really sure what was leaked as it seems that much of what is in this book has been in other (arguably better) books on the same topic.

The author makes some interesting points, but his bias interferes with the information he is trying to present. Having a bias is fine, but this book is presented as a lengthy NYT/Wash. Post story. The author could have attempted to use this information to make a persuasive argument, inst
Ben Everhart
A succinct and focused look at the dysfunction in CIA intelligence gathering and analysis in the post-millennial era. There are some explosive revelations in these pages that have implications beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. The current situation with Iran began in the Bush era. And while it seems that the Obama administration has made some improvements by not insisting that intell be viewed through a politicized lens, there are still major operational procedures that need to be fixed from this era ...more
Will Byrnes
Risen writes what he calls “a secret history of the CIA and the Bush administration, both before and after 9/11” (p 10)

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The absence of effective management has been the defining characteristic of the Bush administration’s foreign policy and has allowed radical decisions to take effect rapidly with minimal review

Risen’s obvious sympathies cloud his judgment on occasion. In talking about Louis Freeh and his hostility towards Bill Clinton he takes Freeh’s self-justifying word for it that what he
Chris DePoy
The Department of Justice has been cracking down on informants and has recently overturned a first amendment ruling that protected James Risen from disclosing his sources in this book, State of War. Despite these recent developments, Mr. Risen has vowed to go to jail to protect his sources, and last Saturday he said in a statement, “I remain as resolved as ever to continue fighting”. These facts had compelled me to pick up the book and read what all the controversy is about.
This book was an inte
Clive Hallam
Finished this over the Christmas/New Year break. It was an unusual book for two reasons. First, while I like American literature I'm not so good with the style of American factual writing - it's a little too "informal" for a a Brit like me. Once I got through that I was intrigued and not a little taken with the fact that Risen had identified seven years previously what Edward Snowden was getting all the credit for last year! namely the insidious nature of NSA's infiltration into the everyday liv ...more
Well-written, but limited. It only tells you slices of the mood and facts that led to the Iraq war and the policy for the subsequent "war for peace" that continues today. It focuses on the slices that turned out to erroneous (like that no WMD were ever found in Iraq)or are undermining ethical democracy today (such as prisoner-torture). The endearing part is that he tries to hard to be anti-Bush, but can't help but add some concessions now and again. He managed to phrase at least one sentences pe ...more
I agree with those who felt that it was hastily written. It discusses issues with a fair hand, but feels like it skirts some details and isn't willing to take time dealing with any particular topic. Rather it takes time to force in more information in just a short book. For those who haven't read on this topic before, it's fine. For the rest of us, it doesn't offer much new.
Kelley Maddox
Really great book but in 2014 and with the release of the torture report in December this book is really dated. However, it's fascinating how much Risen knew and reported in this book that ended up being correct. The book likely could have been written in a more summarized way. In fact, the abridged book on tape (which I used at the same time I read the book) cut out a lot of the extraneous information without loss.
Dirk Heinz
Very insightful. ..answers the questions about why we don't look a little closer at Saudi Arabia as a terrorist funding source. Also explains why so many politicians on both sides flocked to the Saudi king's to visit where your money comes from. Notice how many US politicians showed up for the Paris anti terrorism march vs how many showed up for the funeral.
Amazing description of what the powers that were did in the run-up to and execution of the Iraq War. Shortish read, and good to read before his awesome book "Pay Any Price". No matter who is in charge of the government, these agendas stay in place.

I highly recommend.
Man Yar
This amazing book by NY times' legendary investigative reporter James Risen is an essential for anyone who is interested in the post 9/11 U.S foreign policy and the so called War on Terror.
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The American Conservative
'James Risen’s State of War has opened a Pandora’s Box for the Bush administration that no amount of howling, scowling, or bogus terrorist-attack warnings will be able to close. Risen’s revelations on pervasive National Security Agency warrantless spying on Americans shred the final pretenses to legality of the Bush administration. Now the debate is simply whether, as Bush and his supporters claim, the president is effectively above the law and the Constitution during a time of (perpetual) war.' ...more
Not as compelling as PAY ANY PRICE, though maybe that's because I had just listened to PAY ANY PRICE. Either way, I found out after I'd finished the book that I had downloaded an abridged version, so I wasn't happy about that. I HATE abridgements.
This non-fiction book about the CIA and the Bush Administration was current affairs when it came out in 2006. Risen’s name was widely reported when he broke the story on the NSA’s warrantless surveillance of communications. The book is based entirely on anonymous sources which makes it impossible to discern the motives of the individuals leaking the information, much of it classified. How many were disgruntled employees, how many were fired, or how many left the CIA out of frustration? Neverthel ...more
Difficult to read and follow because so many sources had to remain anonymous. Continously seeing the phrases "anonymous highly-placed source in the CIA" or "anonymous highly-placed source in the white house" or "anonymous high-level officer in the FBI" made the book clunky and more than a little tedious to read. The material was both enlightening and depressing as the 30 second sound bites from television news reports these last 7 years coalesced into a grand, cohesive web of power plays and dec ...more
Roger Cottrell
My previous critique didn't do this important book justice. Risen opens the lid on the CIA's failure to identify the threat posed by al Qaeda, ahead of 9/11 and the consequent efforts of strategically placed Neo Cons to fabricate evidence for an illegal war in Iraq as well as how they exploited the war on terror to which this gave rise. Along the way, Risen shows how the war in Afghanistan was lost and that with Iran is being manufactured. A very important book by an acclaimed journalist who kno ...more
Johnny Williams
Risen does a good job of giving us a glimpse inside the everyday stuff-- the CIA and the White house drum up AS intelligence-- He highlights the blunders of the leadership-- but comes no where close to any new revelations that well read readers don't already know-- it is yet another voice on the miss management of the CIA -- and of the blunders our Presidents have made --by miss using the CIA--I much more enjoyed the Legacy of Ashes- by Tim Weiner

If you dont have to pay for it -- its worth a ski
Risen's writing has the feel of a really good newspaper article...the type that makes you think you're learning about something unknown but essential for everybody to know. Risen's use of firsthand interviews with CIA case officers and the like makes the reader feel important and finally, "in-the-loop." Now what to do with such information or even how to ever tell it to another like Risen...well, that is the best argument for just reading the book yourself.
Had a hard time understanding this author's bias. At times he comes across like a tea-partier, at other times like a conservative Democrat. Hard to determine if he was pro-Bush policies, but against how they were executed, or if he didn't like any of it at all. At the least, it was informative in terms of the evidence (or lack thereof) used to lead to the second Iraq war.
Over Christmas, my dad told me I should read the CIA book he had, so I grabbed this one. Turned out he meant a different one. Don't read this before going to bed, because you will have trouble falling asleep. Instead of counting sheep, try counting the number of mistakes, scandals, cover-ups, and screw-ups described in this book.
A good end-of-the-empire read, this is far more than the compilation of long-known facts that many similar books have turned out to be. Risen delves far deeper than many other journalists have dared, which is probably why the government is threatening to jail him if he won't give up his sources.
Mark Lacy
Disturbing. Only further reinforced my feelings about the Bush administration. No adequate conclusion or summary to the book, which would have been nice.
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