MARK MAZZETTI

Apr 25 2013 7:30 pm

Credit:Tom Williams

Mark Mazzetti

Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.

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

The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of that shadow war.

At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. The CIA, created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off America’s enemies—in the mountains of Pakistan and the deserts of Yemen, in the tumultuous civil wars of North Africa and the chaos of Somalia. For its part, the Pentagon has become more like the CIA, dramatically expanding spying missions everywhere

Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for The New York Times. In 2009, he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response, and he has won numerous other major journalism awards, including the George Polk Award (with colleague Dexter Filkins) and the Livingston Award, for breaking the story of the CIA's destruction of interrogation videotapes.

NPR: Listen to Mark's interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air: http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=13&prgDate=04-10-2013.


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