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The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

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This is an original and devastating look at the post-9/11 world from one of America's most incisive and insightful political commentators. It explores how America and the West lost their way as well as the struggles of their respective governments to reclaim the moral authority on which their survival demands.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 2nd 2008 by Simon and Schuster Ltd. (first published January 1st 2008)
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Seán
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
You should read it, but there's a "but."

In this otherwise very sensible and superbly written call for restoring America's moral authority in the world, the only annoying flaw is Suskind's boy-crush/blindspot for Blackwater and other "can-do" mercenary groups. Yes, government's ability to conduct covert, in-country operations and other such activities has largely been lost to the private sector over the last thirty-five years. However, this unfortunate state of affairs has not been brought about
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Benjy
May 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
The Way of the World has some interesting stuff about the Bush administration's deceptions around the Iraq war, but those parts are buried in a sea of mushy personal narratives of private individuals impacted by the 'war on terror'. The point of all these stories is, I think, to show that the only way for the US to win an ideological struggle is to live up to its own ideology. Which is a good point, but could have been made far more succinctly.

Individual stories can be a compelling way to illus
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Ric
Mar 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
Ron Suskind's book explores the concern of the nuclear threat to American, but this is not your mom and dads fear of the Soviet Union's missiles, but renegade Soviet Union uranium. Suskind's book is very humanistic, and that side of the novel turned out to be the highlight for me. More startling are Suskind's revelations about the Iraq war and the handling of prewar intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction. In one instance, Suskind says that denials by the foreign minister of Iraq, Naj ...more
Chris
Jan 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I've read in almost a year. (Shame on me!)
Suskind is an excellent writer and storyteller, so whether you agree with him or not, it is a good read. He explores the United States' place in the world since 9-11 by following different people affected, from an Afghani exchange student, intelligence officials, a lawyer representing a Guantanamo detainee, Benazir Bhutto, and a Pakistani grad student in Washington. He hops around a lot and keeps introducing new people all through
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Deirdre
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Many think it's not a matter of "if" but really a matter of "when." When will there be a radioactive explosion in a US city? According to the experts Suskind knows, the attack could either be a so-called dirty bomb or a nuclear weapon cobbled together by gathering highly enriched uranium purchased from various suppliers on the underground market. The fact that screams through the book is that the US is not doing enough to prevent this from happening.

But the question is: Doing enought of what?

So
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Jennifer Abdo
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: NPR & found it cheap, new, not online (J.R.)
Two shows/interviews:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...
http://www.democracynow.org/2008/8/13...

My thoughts:

Wow. Bush should have been impeached. He and his admin did in fact break the law. It was bad that they lied in the run up to Iraq (not illegal necessarily, unfortunately), but forging a letter from an Iraqi official "confirming" their list of lies in a covert action to alter public opinion tipped the scale. Ironically, the guy they wanted to copy the info in his own handwriting and si
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Zach
First off this book is not exactly what one may expect.

It is not the same forom as Suskind's earlier One Percent Doctrine or Bob Woodward's Bush trilogy. Suskind does offer in depth examination of the high level discussion/tactics regarding the WMD intel during the run-up to OIF. But this is only one part of the book. Suskind attempts to create a much more complex story by multi-layering several stories (an Afghani exchange student, a Pakistani working a white collar job in DC, the lawyer of a
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Bea Alden
Feb 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get through this book, because I kept turning aside into the world of fiction. This is a heavy, heavy book,exploring the internal world of the Bush coterie as they manipulated information and public opinion to justify the invasion of Iraq. Lots of background information including descriptions of conversations with significant people involved with the CIA, sensitive international Muslim figures, and so forth. Altogether it's a bleak picture. Made me wonder why the subtitle: ...more
Ryan
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't heard of The Way of the World, but found it to be a fairly comprehensive picture of the current national security status, specifically regarding weapons of mass destruction. He jumps between George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Benazir Bhutto, an Afghani exchange student, a Pakistani professional emigre, a Blackwater expert on loose nukes, a lawyer for a detainee in Guantanamo, intelligence officials, and lots of anonymous sources. All of their stories, together, make up a compelling picture of ...more
Ben
Nov 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This is the first Suskind book I've read, but certainly not the last. I was struck by how beautifully written the book is. I thought I would be reading a polemic on nuclear weapon proliferation, which in some part it is. But that is only one small portion of the book. Really it is closer to a book like Lexus and the Olive Tree or The World is Flat; it is an open discussion on how the Muslim world and the West interface.

The best sections of the book are about a Pakistani American is finding his
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Ron Suskind is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and best-selling author. He was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal from 1993 to 2000 and has published several books: A Hope in the Unseen, The Price of Loyalty, The One Percent Doctrine, The Way of the World, Confidence Men, and Life, Animated. He won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for his series ...more
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