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Tim Weiner is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the New York Times where he has reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, and fifteen other nations. He was based for a decade in Washington, DC, where he covered the CIA and the military - the last topic being the basis for his famous book Blank Check- The Pentagon's Black Budget. His latest book is Legacy of Ashes- The History of the CIA (2007).
This extraordinary story reads like tragedy and thriller.
Impeccably sourced, utterly absorbing, dazzling and very, very dark
* Time Out *
This racy history reveals the CIA as a secret service to make Smiley weep and Bond howl in horror * Daily Telegraph *
Combines thrilling storytelling with terrifying revelations -- Simon Sebag Montefiore * New Statesman, Books of the Year *
Weiner's riveting history of the CIA contains dozens of jaw-dropping incidents ... astonishing * Evening Standard, Books of the Year *
Timely, immensely readable, and highly critical -- Mark Bowden, author of 'Black Hawk Down'
Marvellous ... that every quote is also on the record is a testament to his skill -- Steve Coll, author of 'Ghost Wars'
Winner of the National Book Award * Prizes and awards *