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Is Legacy of Ashes Bogus?

Jan 14, 2008
Category Books

In my book review of Tim Weiner’s Legacy of Ashes, I said "This is a chewy and long but if you are looking for an exhaustive, comprehensively researched, and completely negative view of the history of the CIA, Legacy of Ashes is the one for you."

Nicholas Dujmovic does not agree with me.  In his book review on the CIA web site he systematically tears it apart after asserting that "Legacy of Ashes in not the definitive history of the CIA that it purports to be."

I enjoyed Dujmovic’s review as much as I enjoyed the book. I took Weiner’s credibility at face value based on his history as a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the NY Times.  Dujmovic makes me question it.

After all, that’s part of the CIA’s job, isn’t it?