The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

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A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter's riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of America's new campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies, and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the 'shadow' war, from the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation to the CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. Sometimes, as with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, their efforts have been perfectly coordinated. Other times, including the failed operations disclosed here for the first time, they have not. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come.

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"The New York Times" "Superb...the best account yet." "Foreign Policy" "[An] indispensable CIA history." "The Hindu" (India): "[A] masterpiece." Dexter Filkins, author of The Forever War" "The story of how the CIA got back into the killing business is as chilling and dramatic as a spy novel--except it's true. Mark Mazzetti has laid out an extraordinary tale, tracking the spies as they track the terrorists. "The Way of the Knife "is as close as you'll ever get to the real thing." Jane Mayer, staff writer, The New Yorker"; author of The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals" ""The Way of the Knife "provides a stunning, inside account of the CIA's transformation after 9/11 from an intelligence agency into a global clandestine killing machine. Mazzetti, who is one of America's best national security reporters, has written a frightening, must-read book." Thomas E. Ricks, author of Fiasco" and The Generals" "The United States fought three wars after 9/11: Iraq, Afghanistan and the one in the shadows. This is an authoritative account of that that third war, conducted by the CIA and military Special Operators in Yemen, East Africa and, most of all, Pakistan. If you want to understand the world we live in, you need to read it." "The Week" "The definitive history of how the intelligence agency became something much more like a paramilitary wing--de-evolving, in a sense, back to the days when the agency's adventurism influenced foreign policy around the world. It's a fascinating expose of what information the U.S. was not collecting--and how an attempt to fill the gap fell through oversight mechanisms and complicated geopolitics in Pakistan." "San Francisco Chronicle" "A highly engaging account that should please the curious and experts alike. Mazzetti manages to give a fresh reading to such oft-told stories as the bureaucratic jousting a

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Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for The New York Times. He was co-winner of the George Polk Award and the Livingston Award for breaking the story of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Economist.

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