Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barack Obama Is Inviting the Next Attack

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Marc A. Thiessen

Narrated By: Bronson Pinchot

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2010

Duration: 12 hours 18 minutes


Marc Thiessen knows more than almost anyone outside the CIA about what went on at CIA "black sites" and at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As chief speechwriter for President Bush, he was given unprecedented access to some of the most sensitive intelligence our government possessed on al Qaeda terrorists. He has since spent countless hours interviewing the men and women involved in the interrogations at every level—from Vice President Dick Cheney to the interrogators themselves. In chilling detail, Thiessen reveals how close the terrorists came to striking again, and how intelligence gained from "enhanced interrogation" repeatedly stymied their plots. He also shows how President Obama's dismantling of this CIA program, as well as his releasing of secret documents that have aided our enemies, is inviting disaster for America.

"If you want to know what really happened behind the scenes at the CIA interrogation sites or at Guantanamo Bay, you simply must read this book."—Dick Cheney


  • Joseph Fahry

    Lots of historical legal and political background, very informative.

  • Annette Jalsevac

    Every time I thought Marc Thiessen had been caught as a partisan, defending any or all questionable actions taken by CIA and the Bush administration to destroy al Qaeda and the international Islamist terror structure, he goes on to systematically illustrate how and why that administration's strategies most certainly saved countless lives, describing how it actually held back in many cases so as to gain clarity in a morally ambiguous situation. If you want to understand how the West's vulnerability to militant Islamism has skyrocketed since the onset of the Obama administration and how the rise of vicious, nihilistic groups such as ISIS has been allowed to thrive -- read this book.