• Pay Any Price

  • Greed, Power, and Endless War
  • By: James Risen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (285 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely.

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses - and until this audiobook, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckonings. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely.

©2014 James Risen (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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If You're Not Outraged...

Great book! Heartbreaking to learn that the Obama administration has been every bit as responsible as Bush/Cheney for attacks on the rights and liberties of the American people. Also shocking to hear how American foreign policy is provoking and advocating war and terrorism worldwide—all in the name of profit and political power.

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Not sure we what to pay any price.

A very enlightening book that shows what we, as a nation, have become since 9/11. Many of the government actions mentioned should give us an uncomfortable cause for concern!

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Chronicles the security overreaction of 9/11

More importantly this book shows how this over concern with security has become the basis for "a permanent state of war on terrorism." As an entrenched centrist, I found some of the adjectives used to be a bit strident, but probably are really only a mild counterbalance to what I call "Cable News Theater" of both the left and the right. That, more than anything else, caused me to downgrade the overall rating, The story is important and extremely well written and preformed.

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If you care about our liberties, read this book.

I gave this book a 4 overall because it is bit repetitive and somethings a little tedious. Also I thought the reader (a real pro) was not right for a news story like this. But the "story" is, to me, super important. This book is basically an indictment of the excesses brought about since 9/11 by the endless War Against Terror. It covers the fantastic waste of money in Iraq and Afghanistan both through corruption and the use of worthless contractors, the violation of our laws and ideals through the wholesale adoption of of torture for the interrogation of prisoners, no matter how lowly their rank, no matter how tenuous their connection with the enemy and, most important, the acceptance by our highest officials and judges of warrantless wiretapping. Should be read by anyone who cares about the 1st and 4th Amendments and the ideals that made us different from other countries.

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Simply Mind-blowing

As an international relations major when in college, I thought I was savvy in American policies. But I was wrong. This book truly revealed what everyone ought to know about the pseudo democratic societythat we all live in. I would recommend to anyone who is remotely interested in politics and international relations.

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GOOD FOR EVERYONE

An act of government that presumes it knows what is good for everyone mocks omniscience. James Risen’s “Pay Any Price” exposes government hubris that tortures suspected terrorists and invades personal privacy to feed human greed and desire for power; all under the guise of protecting America. Today, it is terrorism; yesterday, it was communism, day before yesterday, it was Japanese internment camps. Guantanamo tramples human rights; the red-scare of the 1950s breeds mistrust of elected officials, and Japanese internment camps during WWII stain the American’ conscience.

Greed and power are two of the three motivations for endless war. The third is prestige which leads to a false sense of omniscience and hubris. Government should protect Americans from the greed and power of the few over the many, rather than concoct wasteful government programs that only feed the worst parts of human nature. Sadly, 9/11 is not the first or last terrorist event in America’s future but without a measure of human freedom, America loses more than it gains by suspecting everyone is a terrorist.

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Excellent

A must read for anyone who wants to know how and why the U.S. Government does things in the national security realm. You'll be amazed at the things people do

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Easy to Listen to

The book provides details, names and accounts of facts known generally, I was expecting more. However it's a good listen and does detail the three parts well, greed, politics and the smoke screens..

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Welcome to the real world

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

How to profit from war

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I knew a lot of the stories in this book, but many I did not know. This is the story of war profiteers and horrible war management. It makes me sick that so many people see war as a business opportunity.

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Horray James Risen

If you could sum up Pay Any Price in three words, what would they be?

Adore James Risen. After Obama persecuted James Risen for 7 years in the court system, I would give anything by James Risen 5 stars. Truth is, though, this book is one of the most informative you'll read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pay Any Price?

it's been a while since I listed to this book, but I remember how I thought how impossibly out of control, irresponsible and ignorant the government officials are in the US Government.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I listened to every word, where as in the printed book I might have skimmed over some of it.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pickpocketing the USA.

Any additional comments?

It's been a while since I listened to this book. I liked it so much though, that I bought the printed version recently.

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