The Way of the World (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - History - 448 pages
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From Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind comes a startling look at how America lost its way and at the nation's struggle, day by day, to reclaim the moral authority upon which its survival depends. From the White House to Downing Street, from the fault-line countries of South Asia to the sands of Guantánamo, 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 within the Beltway and far beyond it, Suskind delivers historic disclosures with this emotionally stirring and strikingly original portrait of the post-9/11 world.

In a sweeping, propulsive, and multilayered narrative, The Way of the World investigates how America relinquished the moral leadership it now desperately needs to fight the real threat of our era: a nuclear weapon in the hands of terrorists. Truth, justice, and accountability become more than mere words in this story. Suskind shows where the most neglected dangers lie in the story of "The Armageddon Test" —a desperate gamble to send undercover teams into the world's nuclear black market to frustrate the efforts of terrorists trying to procure weapons-grade uranium. In the end, he finally reveals for the first time the explosive falsehood underlying the Iraq War and the entire Bush presidency.

While the public and political realms struggle, The Way of the World simultaneously follows an ensemble of characters in America and abroad who are turning fear and frustration into a desperate—and often daring—brand of human salvation. They include a striving, twenty-four-year-old Pakistani émigré, a fearless UN refugee commissioner, an Afghan teenager, a Holocaust survivor's son, and Benazir Bhutto, who discovers, days before her death, how she's been abandoned by the United States at her moment of greatest need. They are all testing American values at a time of peril, and discovering solutions—human solutions—to so much that has gone wrong.

For anyone hoping to exercise truly informed consent and begin the process of restoring the values and hope—along with the moral clarity and earned optimism—at the heart of the American tradition, The Way of the World is a must-read.

  

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Review: The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

User Review  - Joe V - Goodreads

Suskind's third book on the Bush Administration is more than a behind the scenes look - it's a narrative - actually a handful of narratives loosely bound together by the "War on Terror" and reads much ... Read full review

Review: The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

User Review  - Jeremy - Goodreads

A damn fine piece of work. Quotes: Without another Lovebug, several of them, telling us what's being planned, a nuclear event in a major US city is not a matter of if. It's a matter of when. This [is ... Read full review

Contents

Border Crossing
1
other peoples shoes
15
Takeoffs and Landings
43
American Dilemmas
63
One Way to Heaven
91
the ArmAgeddon test
111
People to People
119
What We Knew
151
The Trouble with Genies
219
the humAn solution
249
Everything Connects
257
Ezekiels Sword
279
Waiting for the Call
307
Truth and Reconciliation
355
Afterword
399
Acknowledgments
419

Spies Scones and
185

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About the author (2009)

RON SUSKIND is the author of The Way of the World, The One Percent Doctrine, The Price of Loyalty, and A Hope in the Unseen. From 1993 to 2000 he was the senior national affairs writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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