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    Description"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 in the world's dark spaces: the new American way of war" The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can't go. "The Way of the Knife" is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies. This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the shadow war, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and 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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    Title
    The Way of the Knife
    Subtitle
    The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Mazzetti
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 400
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594204807
    ISBN 10: 1594204802
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Publication date
    04 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    MARK MAZZETTI is a national security correspondent for "The New York Times." In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington's response, and he has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) and the Livingston Award, for breaking the story of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes. Mazzetti has also written for the "Los Angeles Times," "U.S. News & World Report," and "The Economist." He lives in Washington, D.C.
    Review quote
    "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