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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

 
 
Author
Mark Mazzetti.
Publisher Penguin  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.35 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780143125013
Pages/Publication Date 381/2013
Daedalus Item Code 60470
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A national security correspondent for the New York Times and the winner of a George Polk Award and a shared Pulitzer Prize, Mark Mazzetti here gives us a riveting account of the CIA's transformation after 9/11 and the new American way of war. Originally formed after World War II as a Cold War espionage service, the CIA has become a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America's enemies. This new approach has been embraced by Washington as a lower-risk, cost-effective alternative to messy wars of occupation, but as Mazzetti makes clear, this assassination-oriented agency has created new enemies as well.

"A fine account.... Mazzetti describes in compelling detail the agency's turf battles with the Pentagon, its awkward relations with its Pakistani counterpart, and its reliance on a motley collection of freelancers and private contractors."Foreign Affairs

"Mazzetti finds new details and tracks the ominous blurring of traditional roles between soldiers and spies, the lush growth of a military-intelligence complex, and what the shift portends for the future.... A valuable addition to a canon that is exposing America's use of lethal operations far from declared war zones."LATimes

"Deeply reported and crisply written.... While The Way of the Knife recounts the important shifts in the architecture of the U.S. military and intelligence communities, it also reveals the many eccentric characters who emerged during this."Washington Post

 
 
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