The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mark Mazzetti

Narrated By: Richard Ferrone

Publisher: Recorded Books

Date: April 2013

Duration: 11 hours 46 minutes


Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Mazzetti examines these secret wars over the past decade, tracking key characters from the intelligence and military communities across the world. Among the characters we meet in The Way of the Knife are a young CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played, an Air Force test pilot who fired the first drone missile in the Nevada desert, a chain-smoking Pentagon official who ran an off-the-books spying operation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a woman from the horse country of Virginia who became obsessed with Somalia and convinced the Pentagon to hire her to gather intelligence about al Qaeda operatives there. Gripping, newsbreaking, and powerfully told, The Way of the Knife reveals the true nature of American warfare in the twenty-first century-a model that is here to stay.


  • John Boyer

    I am in to this book. New insights to things I have had a strong opinion about. Reads like a novel. So much ground to cover. How did he get so much information and not go to prison for spilling the classified beans?