• In Deep

  • The FBI, CIA, and the Truth about America's "Deep State"
  • By: David Rohde
  • Narrated by: Graham Winton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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By: David Rohde
Narrated by: Graham Winton
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A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist's investigation of the "deep state".

Three-quarters of Americans believe that a group of unelected government and military officials secretly manipulate or direct national policy in the United States. President Trump blames the "deep state" for his impeachment. But what is the American "deep state" and does it really exist?

To conservatives, the "deep state" is an ever-growing government bureaucracy, an "administrative state" that relentlessly encroaches on the individual rights of Americans. Liberals fear the "military-industrial complex" - a cabal of generals and defense contractors who they believe routinely push the country into endless wars. Every modern American president - from Carter to Trump - has engaged in power struggles with Congress, the CIA, and the FBI. Every CIA and FBI director has suspected White House aides of members of Congress of leaking secrets for political gain. Frustrated Americans increasingly distrust the politicians, unelected officials, and journalists who they believe unilaterally set the country's political agenda. American democracy faces its biggest crisis of legitimacy in a half century.

This sweeping exploration examines the CIA and FBI scandals of the past 50 years - from the Church Committee's exposure of Cold War abuses, to Abscam, to false intelligence about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, to NSA mass surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden. It then investigates the claims and counterclaims of the Trump era, and the relentless spread of conspiracy theories online and on-air. While Trump says he is the victim of the "deep state", Democrats accuse the president and his allies of running a de facto "deep state" of their own that operates outside official government channels and smears rivals, both real and perceived.

The feverish debate over the "deep state" raises core questions about the future of American democracy. Is it possible for career government officials to be politically neutral? Was Congress' impeachment of Donald Trump conducted properly? How vast should the power of a president be? Based on dozens of interviews with career CIA operatives and FBI agents, In Deep answers whether the FBI, CIA, or politicians are protecting or abusing the public's trust.

©2020 David Rohde (P)2020 Recorded Books
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Pure Propaganda

This book is pure left/FBI/CIA, anti-Trump propaganda. It left out so much of the real story and only left the bits in that make the FBI and CIA look like there's no possible way they have any political bias since all of the reforms of the Church Committee and Carter's presidency. It's just amazing how a book can jump on the mainstream media bandwagon to unfairly slander Donald Trump and then somehow glorify a totally incompetent president like Jimmy Carter. Like do people really believe this BS? If I could give it zero stars I would. I couldn't even finish the book.

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loved it.

thanks for writing it! very digestible. surprising to me i lived through that news. :)

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Nice job

The author and the narrator cut through the subject of this book like a warm knife into butter.

The first part of written and narrated seamlessly.

Definitely a must read.

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Orange Man Bad, fresh biased remix track

It was seemingly coming along well, until the mere mention of Trumps name practically curls the stomach of our dear author.

By the time it gets into the details on Trumps presidency this book preaches like the usual pre-programmed CNN televangelist, with about the same levels of bias and hyperbole.

On the upside, the narrator is great. He has a great voice and seems very well read... I just wish he’d get into non-fiction.

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Great book and an excellent narrator

I thought this was an excellent book and the narrator was also very good. I would recommend it to anyone intrested in recent political and Diplomatic history.

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very good book, balanced with reading either party

Excellent, thought provoking whatever your politics. a call to action to review the play mistakes and understand current risks to us all.

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Remarkable history identifying patterns of abuse.

Well done investigation of Presidential failings of honestly, and patterns of abuse of power by governing people.

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Very informative and well supported

David Rhode provides a very completion detail of the facts concnering the issue cited. Its attention and accuracy is well noted in explaining both sides of the matter clearly

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Really Solid Book

In a world seemingly obsessed with the "convenient truth", the Author does a great job of using hard facts to explain how we arrived at the current political climate.

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Title is not what you think

Do not waste your time or credits on this. Much better books for sure …. Really biased point of view