Pilotaydin From Turkey, joined Sep 2004, 2539 posts, RR: 50 Posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
Hey there, i've never really had time to read LOL, but i think i want to start. I am looking for regular readers to direct me towards a good book on the usa, particularly about the cold war, the pentagon, how the cia works etc, of course it would be nice if the sources for the book, or rather the book would be fact and not fiction, this kind of stuff fascinates me
so if anyone has any suggestions, please please please let me know, and if you're really bored you can give me the ISBN so i can find it lol
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Logan22L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2383 times:
Hey Pilotaydin: Try Peter Schweizer's "Victory: The Reagan Administration's Secret Strategy That Hastened the Collapse of the Soviet Union." I haven't read it, but it was recommended by a friend. Someday when I finish all the other books on my list, I may get to it, although these types of books aren't my main interest. It probably has a bit of a pro-US position, based on the title, but maybe not.
PanAmerican From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 384 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2367 times:
There is two books I can recommend: one is "See No Evil" written by former CIA operative Robert Baer. It is a true story and is one of the best books I've read on espionage. It starts with recruitment and covers everything after that till his retirement. He was based at a lot of interesting hot spots worldwide, including Iraq, Lebanon and India... Very good book.
The second one is fiction but also extremely very well written and researched. It is called "The Company - A Novel of the CIA" by Robert Littell and is an absolutely stunning book with lots of suspense about operations of the CIA starting after WWII. Mostly focused on the Cold War of course. I loved reading it.
DfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1013 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 2351 times:
I am looking for regular readers to direct me towards a good book on the usa, particularly about the cold war, the pentagon, how the cia works etc
The best post-9/11 book written period:
Begins on September 11th, 2001 then goes back to U.S. foreign policy from World War I to present, explaining how we got to where we are today. Goes on to show why certin elements of fundementalism and terrorism are doomed to failure, why the U.S. and Europe will remain natural allies, ect. Very good read
BN747 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5620 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2310 times:
Read 'High Treason' if you want to get a handle of US politics from the Eisenhower era/Kennedy assassination (the last true age of innocence)/US politics in the aftermath. As for 'facts' on what the CIA was/has/and is involved in... surely you don't expect that to 'written down, published and factual'... now do you? It doesn't exist...
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Schoenorama From Spain, joined Apr 2001, 2440 posts, RR: 25
Reply 7, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2306 times:
Noam Chomsky's "Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance""
Editorial review from Publishers Weekly:
"In this highly readable, heavily footnoted critique of American foreign policy from the late 1950s to the present, Chomsky (whose 9-11 was a bestseller last year) argues that current U.S. policies in Afghanistan and Iraq are not a specific response to September 11, but simply the continuation of a consistent half-century of foreign policy-an "imperial grand strategy"-in which the United States has attempted to "maintain its hegemony through the threat or use of military force." Such an analysis is bound to be met with skepticism or antagonism in post-September 11 America, but Chomsky builds his arguments carefully, substantiates claims with appropriate documentation and answers expected counterclaims. Chomsky is also deeply critical of inconsistency in making the charge of "terrorism." Using the official U.S. legal code definition of terrorism, he argues that it is an exact description of U.S. foreign policy (especially regarding Cuba, Central America, Vietnam and much of the Middle East), although the term is rarely used in this way in the U.S. media, he notes, even when the World Court in 1986 condemned Washington for "unlawful use of force" ("international terrorism, in lay terms" Chomsky argues) in Nicaragua. Claiming that the U.S. is a rogue nation in its foreign policies and its "contempt for international law," Chomsky brings together many themes he has mined in the past, making this cogent and provocative book an important addition to an ongoing public discussion about U.S. policy."
Blackbird1331 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1900 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2291 times:
One problem I have had going through life is what to believe of what I hear, and of what I read. History is like a brick building. Built from the ground up. A good sourse for finding these bricks are at, http://www.historychannel.com
Cameras shoot pictures. Guns shoot people. They have the guns.