Reviews

 

 “A fascinating, trenchant, sometimes tragicomic account.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Superb….the best account yet.”- The New York Times

“As Mazzetti observes in his deeply reported and crisply written account, over the past decade the CIA’s top priority was no longer gathering intelligence on foreign governments and their countries, but manhunting. While ‘The Way of the Knife’ recounts the important shifts in the architecture of the U.S. military and intelligence communities, it also reveals the many eccentric characters who emerged during this era of shifting portfolios and illustrates another important theme of the book: the privatization of intelligence operations, which were traditionally a core government function.”- The Washington Post

“A well-reported, smoothly written book for anyone who wants to understand contemporary American military might and the widespread hatred for the U.S. that has been the result.” —Kirkus

“It is the story of this war, waged in far-off lands by spies, special forces and robotised killing machines, that Mark Mazzetti, a Pulitzer-prizewinning New York Times reporter, tells with some verve and much new detail in ‘The Way of the Knife’ … The new American way of war is here, but the debate about it has only just begun. In ‘The Way of the Knife,’ Mr Mazzetti has made a valuable contribution to it.” —The Economist

“A timely report, at least as essential background reading, because there are many signs that the novel ‘military-intelligence complex’ that Mazzetti describes is becoming unacceptably controversial at home and abroad.” —The New Republic

“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.” —The Week

“[In] the talented hands of Mazzetti, a Pulitzer Prize-winning national security reporter for the New York Times, America’s pursuit of terrorists through the deserts, mountains and Byzantine politics of the Islamic world, now in its second decade, sometimes reads like ‘A Game of Thrones’ with its warring princes and fantastical demons. It’s a highly engaging account that should please the curious and experts alike.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Mazzetti thoroughly documents [the] transformation — from Donald Rumsfeld’s resistance to the CIA’s assumption of paramilitary operations, through the invasion of Afghanistan and the American agency’s queasy alliance with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, to the Iraq War, to President Barack Obama’s escalating reliance on Langley to conduct his secret wars. Mazzetti is a reporter, and he stays out of the story’s way. He knows there are devils in these details.’” —Chicago Tribune