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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition edition (2 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416526218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416526216
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 586,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Damning and dismaying...As a national security reporter for the "New York Times," Risen has produced some of this era's best journalism on the Central Intelligence Agency and the dysfunctional relationship between the White House and the U.S. spy community.... As one of the Washington press corps' best reporters on national security issues, Risen has a record of being right.... "State of War" is a welcome reminder that American journalism has a higher purpose than shallow pandering to the lowest pop-cultural denominator. Somewhere, beyond celebrity, there are issues and ideas that matter. James Risen's book is an urgent contribution to the country's common good by a skillful and courageous reporter."-- "Los Angeles Times"

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The author has reported on national security issues for a major US national newspaper for twenty years. In 2002 he was a member of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for post-9/11 journalism.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Foxylock on 19 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
James Risen has written a well researched and informative book covering the rise of the ultra secretive NSA,the inept CIA and the deeply flawed Bush administration.This compelling read will give proof of the massive scale of the US spying machine,shocking evidence that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction prior to the invasion and how CIA operatives illegally transport prisoners around the world through a process called rendition.

Risen tells us how vital information was omitted from presidential reports by warmongering CIA operatives and how the facts were altered to fit the required picture.Afghanistan now supplies 87% of the worlds heroin with the US military turning a blind eye to this illicit trade,the proceeds which in turn help to finance al Qaeda.

This is a great book on a controversial subject making it a must read for anyone interested in the so called global war on terror.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joao Moita on 13 Aug 2007
Format: Paperback
The book is well written and very easy to follow through. Plenty with information and good arguments supporting the main ideas. It's one of the few books that portrait individual actors in a way that enables us to understand better the politics of this administration. The way Tenet is described as a politician, the importance of Rumsfeld and the submission of the military bureaucrats... Americans since 911 have been too shy to criticise their government, their policies and their decisions. This book is good for american democracy. And the rest of the world will apreciate it also.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peyman Askari on 6 May 2007
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This was a really informative book, and a genuinely fun read. Much easier to get into than Ghost Wars, and it points out the abuse of power in the DOD orchestrated in part by Donald Rumsfeld.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William Podmore on 25 Jan 2007
Format: Hardcover
This useful book explores the conflict within the US state between the CIA and the rest of the Bush administration. Risen's thesis is that a flawed administration has overridden and distorted a trusting and trustworthy CIA. He writes, "It is a cautionary tale, one that shows how the most covert tools of American national security policy have been misused. It involves domestic spying, abuse of power, and outrageous operations." What he actually shows is that the whole US state is corrupt.

He notes of the thirty Iraqi sources on WMD, "All of them - some thirty - had said the same thing. They all reported to the CIA that the scientists had said that Iraq's program to develop nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons had long since been abandoned."

The US state protects its allies in the Saudi autocracy, and thus protects their allies, Al Qa'ida. As Risen notes, "Yet it is still true that, both before and after 9/11, President Bush and his administration have displayed a remarkable lack of interest in aggressively examining the connections between Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, and the Saudi power elite. Even as the Bush administration spent enormous time and energy trying in vain to prove connections between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden in order to help justify the war in Iraq, the administration was ignoring the far more conclusive ties with Saudi Arabia."

Afghanistan is now a narco-state and a large part of its drug profits goes to Al Qa'ida. "For Afghanistan's drug lords, business was very good under the United States Central Command. Flush with drug money, the insurgency in Afghanistan intensified in the summer of 2005 to its most dangerous levels since the American invasion nearly four years earlier.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulrik Jungersen Walther on 4 Feb 2008
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James Risen has in many ways written a top book on the build up to war in Iraq in 2003. The book is well paced, excellently written and gives deep insights into the workings of government and its agencies. The downside is that there is very little new in this book. Most of the material has been covered well in other books. So if this is your first venture into the topic, it is a good start. If feel you have read other books on the subject, I would move on and try something else.
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