From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America and the West lost their way, and at ...Show synopsisFrom Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America and the West lost their way, and at the struggles of their respective governments to reclaim the moral authority on which their survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, and 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, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post 9-11 world.Hide synopsis
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To say that the other story threads were only tangentially related was, I think, to miss the point of the book. Suskind uses personal stories to show how we as humans tend toward clannishness and distrust of those that are different, while weaving in historical narratives that show the age old struggle between reason and faith, and how cultures seem to be gravitating toward extremism and fundamentalism, while denying reason and argument. Whether we are talking about why we went to war in Iraq or how we might prevent terrorists from acquiring a nuclear weapon, this is the context we must place these stories. Granted, the interweaving of these very different narratives can be at times disjointed, but I think this is an important book. It does, however, require the reader to think about how the different elements are related... that's the point.
Clearly Suskind performed an enormous amount of research and tracked down some significant players on the world stage to gather the information for his story. It's an important element in the understanding of the level to which the U.S. has fallen in world categories of ethics, morality, honesty and trustworthiness. Sadly, when his main research was done, Suskind was left with a short story, and he needed to publish a book. To accomplish this, he threw in other stories only tangentially related to his main theme. Adding to his problem, Suskind employed an awkward narrative structure that leaves the reader wondering to whom the various characters are speaking. Except for the suspicion that Suskind is in his scenes -- though not clearly placed there -- it seems too often that the characters are talking to themselves. Suskind's editor/proofreader should have served him better in this area and regarding the many irritating typos that were not cleansed. My guess is that helpers just let Pulitzer Prize winners go their way with little interference. Not a good plan.
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