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View Diary: What Are You Reading? Aug. 15, 2012 (69 comments)

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  •  Just finished... (5+ / 0-)

    the audiobook version of Enemies: A History of the FBI by Tim Weiner.  Overall I thought it was pretty good.  I found the first half to be interesting from a historical sense, but a bit dry.  However, for me, it really picked up when he started covering the LBJ years to the present. I'm sure that's because it covered events that were very recent history while I was growing up (the LBJ years) or I actually lived through the events.  One thing I found very frustrating about the account is the fact that so many of our intelligence failures over the decades have resulted from the animosity between the FBI and the CIA.  I had always wondered what the origins of this animosity were and, according the book, it really boils down to the fact that Hoover was pissed that he wasn't given control of the infant CIA by Truman after WWII.  He vowed he would never work with them because of Truman's snub of his perceived "greatness".  That hatred and mistrust of Hoover was institutionalized into the FBI and probably still exists today.

    Currently about 1/3  of the way through Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches.  Still can't really get into this as much as I'd hoped, but it's still interesting enough for me to keep going.  I'm hoping it really takes off soon.  I did like the fact that the author made a very passing reference to Anne Rice's vampire Lestat.  Nice to know she's read her Anne Rice!

    And later today I'm going to start the audiobook version of Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy by John Julius Norwich.

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