The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism (Unabridged)
by Ron Suskind
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From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantanamo, Suskind offers an astonishing story that connects world leaders to the forces waging today's shadow wars and to the next generation of global citizens. Tracking down truth and hope within the Beltway and far beyond it, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post-9/11 world. In a sweeping, propulsive, and multilayered narrative, The Way of the World investigates how America relinquished the moral leadership it now desperately needs to fight the real threat of our era: a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. Truth, justice, and accountability become more than mere words in this story. Suskind shows where the most neglected dangers lie in the story of "The Armageddon Test" - a desperate gamble to send undercover teams into the world's nuclear black market to frustrate the efforts of terrorists trying to procure weapons-grade uranium. In the end, he finally reveals for the first time the explosive falsehood underlying the Iraq War and the entire Bush presidency. While the public and political realms struggle, The Way of the World simultaneously follows an ensemble of characters in America and abroad who are turning fear and frustration into a desperate - and often daring - brand of human salvation. For anyone hoping to exercise truly informed consent and begin the process of restoring the values and hope - along with the moral clarity and earned optimism - at the heart of the American tradition, The Way of the World is a must-listen.
I saw Ron on the Daily Show last night. If what he says is true about Bush/Cheney and that forged letter about the threat that Iraq posed, then why the hell won't anyone in power do anything? America is like a battered wife who is afraid to stand up to her abusive husband. I applaud Ron for, at the very least, speaking out in this book.
A very important book.
You cannot evolve. You cannot move to the next step. You cannot improve... Unless you are big enough, mature enough and intelligent enough to realize and own up to your mistakes. Yes, this is another book about the enormous mistakes of judgement by the Bush/Cheney administration and conservatives in general. It exposes it/them very clearly. SOMETHING needs to be done. We all need to realize and own up to our mistakes, and realize and ask forgiveness for those we have hurt. Intentionally. For self-gain. And lied about in the process. This book is about having some hope that there are sparks of decency and goodness out there in the wilderness of corruption, greed, self-interest, violence and tyranny that the Right currently represents. (Which is why I can not longer stand to be called a Republican. Perhaps Reformed Republican would be more apt.) Who does America want to be? Know thyself. Figure it out. Find out if that is what is actually going on. If not, change it. I highly recommend this book. Also "The Wrecking Crew," "The One Percent Doctrine," and "Cobra II."
Since when is Anti-Bush equal to Anti-American?
This book is hardly anti-american, it is a challenge to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask -- Aren't we better than our current leaders? This book is a cold, hard look into things that some of us would rather we just gloss over -- specifically how our leaders lie to us, and do it with a straight face. Or sometimes with a smirk. If you're uncomfortable with criticism of the current administration then it's best to bypass this book. If you don't want to be lied to by those whom we've elected to protect our interests then read this book. Knowledge = Power