Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Written by:
Seymour M. Hersh
Narrated by:
Peter Friedman

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2004
7 hours 22 minutes
Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his stories in The New Yorker magazine, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Gharaib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from the clear morning when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

Hersh established himself at the forefront of investigative journalism thirty-five years ago when he broke the news of the massacre in My Lai, Vietnam, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Ever since, he's challenged America's power elite by publishing the stories that others can't or won't tell.

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of President Bush's ''war on terror'' and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. With an introduction by The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an Administration blinded by ideology and of a President whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.

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All you need to do is listen to the disclaimers in the first track to understand that this book is based on both fact and hearsay. I'm just glad that I had the abridged version. Do not waste your time on this.

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Sherry M.

An incredibly detailed account of this administration's actions and the mentality leading up to the invasion of Iraq and shortly thereafter. The details of prison abuse and the unnecessary loss of life by Iraqi civilians and our own military were hard to listen to. Hersh has done a great job of exposing the deceit and downright lies of our top leaders and as well as their bullying of our military leaders. It is clear we will be paying for this abuse of power for generations to come. I did get lost at times trying to follow the names and agencies involved, but the information was too important not to press on to the end.

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This book is guaranteed to make its readers depressed. It brings home the sheer hopelessness of ever winning "the war on terror" due to a number of issues - the primary one being the difficulty of communications, turf wars, egos, etc. that are problems in any large organization. Our U.S. government is certainly no exception. Add to that fact that we are not fighting a united enemy....but one composed of individual wonder how this conflict can ever end.

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Mandi Chestler

Wow. You have to hand it to Mr. Hersh. This guy really researches his stuff. His thorough and meticulous documentation of our treatment of prisoners since 9/11, and our actions in both the wars since then, Afganistan and Iraq, is formidable and admirable..and the facts are terribly, terribly depressing. He includes so much detail, however, that while it lends credibility to his story, it is WORK to read/listen all the way to the end.

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Kimberly B

Maybe some people enjoyed this reading but for me the author spent so much time name and location dropping that I kept losing track of the point he was trying to make. I don't get lost easily but I had such a difficult time following this book that I failed to finish it.

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Michael Scott

I find it disturbing that the public is so cowed by the current administration. With any other administration, journalism such as what Mr. Hersh submits would have these people tried as criminals. It's books like this that demonstrate how desensitized the public has become - how strong a hold this administration has on the press, to keep the truth from so many. How tragic...

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Debbie Moffitt

The book was detailed and thorough but I found it so disturbing I was unable to finish it. Thank God there are still people like Hersh who are willing to expose such abuse.

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Deborah Martinson

Hersh is smart and focused. He is a rigorous researcher and a dogged reporter. He doesn't try to tell the reader what to think. He shows the reader what he knows.

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