Book Club: The Way of the World – Ron Suskind

“A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

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.”

This novel covers the current quagmire in the middle east: Afghanistan, Iraq, the Bush administration, Bhutto, England, and so forth. However, this book only covers information you would expect from a corporate media source like CNN. It talks about facts without looking into the facts. For example, it mentions that 92% of the worlds opium comes from Afghanistan; however, it doesn’t ask the questions or reveal answers to who is buying the opium, how the opium is transfered to the rest of the world, or where the money trail leads to. Are they sending the opium out via donkeys or in the coffins of dead American soldiers? Are they burying the money in the desert or is the money in the banks? No questions asked or answers given. Poor writing.

It also confuses the reader with stories about fictional Muslims living in America on exchange programs. I guess this was the writers idea of stating that they are trying to educate the Muslims? Who knows, i never quite understood why he spent so much time writing about fictional characters.

Nevertheless, it was a good reminder of how important Pakistan is to Afghanistan and Bhutto’s role in Afghanistan before she was assassinated.

Final comments, it read like the 9/11 Commission Report. All propaganda with no real questions and no answers.

Overall score: 5


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