• State of War

  • The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration
  • By: James Risen
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 18-01-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (7 ratings)


With relentless media coverage, breathtaking events, and extraordinary congressional and independent investigations, it is hard to believe that we still might not know some of the most significant facts about the presidency of George W. Bush. Yet beneath the surface events of the Bush presidency lies a secret history, a series of hidden events that makes a mockery of current debate. This hidden history involves domestic spying, abuses of power, and outrageous operations. It includes a CIA that became caught in a political cross fire that it could not withstand, and what it did to respond. It includes a Defense Department that made its own foreign policy, even against the wishes of the commander-in-chief. It features a president who created a sphere of deniability in which his top aides were briefed on matters of the utmost sensitivity, but the president was carefully kept in ignorance. State of War reveals this hidden history for the first time, including scandals that will redefine the Bush presidency.
©2006 James Risen (P)2006 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kirsty on 31-08-17

Intersting but dated

All info now in public domain for some time, and confirms the shambles most people are aware of.

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5 out of 5 stars
By JBliss on 27-06-14

Critical to understanding how we got to Snowden.

What made the experience of listening to State of War the most enjoyable?

Enjoyable isn't exactly the term I would use. Frightening is far more appropriate.

What was one of the most memorable moments of State of War?

That intelligence experts who had spent their entire lives learning about one particular place, or person, or culture, could be completely dismissed by ignorant, political wonks with no military experience.

Have you listened to any of Boyd Gaines’s other performances before? How does this one compare?


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The truth hurts. It was painful.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By RickN on 09-12-16

Required Reading

Every US Citizen should read this. Our children should read it. Our Grandchildren should read it.

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