Item description for Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror by Giuseppe D'Avanzo...
They broke the story of the decade—Nigergate. Then they broke the story of the CIA's abduction of an Egyptian cleric off the streets of Milan. Now, have they uncovered what could be the next big story—secret meetings in Rome about the future of Iraq?
After George W. Bush pronounced the reasons behind going to war in Iraq—the infamous “sixteen words”—it was La Repubblica reporters Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe D'Avanzo who uncovered that Bush's fraudulent evidence was planted by Italy's secret intelligence agency, SISMI.
After Egyptian cleric Abu Omar was kidnapped in broad daylight off the street in Milan, it was Bonini and D'Avanzo who broke the story that it was a combined effort of the CIA and Italian agents.
In Collusion, the two reporters tell both those stories in full for the first time in the US, as well as the story that may turn into the biggest of them all: secret meetings in Rome between high-ranking Bush administration officials and Iranian agents.
In Collusion, Bonini and D'Avanzo uncover the government-sponsored underworld of spies and crooked politicians, sidewalk deals and hapless villains that has played such a crucial role in the dirty business of making history since 9-11.
But they reveal much more than the inner workings of “Nigergate” or the Abu Omar scandal. They bring the CIA and SISMI into sharp focus along with other players in international spycraft, “black propaganda” specialists, and the numerous shady characters shopping deals—here are the bunglings, the outrageous expense accounts, the lawless abductions, and the absurd misinterpretations of evidence.
“Bonini and D'Avanzo are the Woodward and Bernstein of Italian journalism. They, morethan any other reporters, penetrated the Iraqi uranium fraud—one of the great, and most consequential, scams of our time.” —Michael Isikoff, author of Hubris
“These two reporters, author of this book, are truth seekers who do the kind of hard, honest work that all reporters should do—find the truth and print it.” —Seymour Hersh, author of Chain of Command
“Probes the most enigmatic questions at the heart of the greatest foreign policy catastrophe in American history.” — Craig Unger, author of House of Bush, House of Saud
Carlo Bonini and Giuseppe d'Avanzo are correspondents for Rome's La Repubblica newspaper. Their work for La Repubblica is distributed in English translation by the BBC Worldwide Monitoring Service.
Before joining La Repubblica , Bonini and d'Avanzo worked together at the Correre della Sera newspaper, where they reported extensively about Russia. Their reporting about corruption in the administration of Boris Yeltsin is widely credited with helping force Yeltsin's resignation.
Since 9-11, Bonini and d'Avanzo have broken many important stories about the war on terror. Bonini is the author of a book about the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo, and his reporting with d'Avanzo about the Italian military intelligence agency, SISMI, helped land agency chief Marco Mancini in jail. It was recently disclosed that the Italian intelligence agency has extensive files on both Bonini and d'Avanzo.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.2" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Melville House
ISBN 1933633271 ISBN13 9781933633275
Reviews - What do customers think about Collusion: International Espionage and the War on Terror?
Italian perspective. Jul 3, 2007
Very well written account of the 2003 state of the union infamous `sixteen words' from an Italian reporter's perspective. Nice to know that our intelligence agencies aren't the only bozos in the world
A Fascinating Book on the Actions of the CIA and Italian Intelligence Jun 20, 2007
This is a book written by a couple of Italian investigative reporters and deals with the 'intelligence' operations related to the Iraq war. Even after reading the book (and some others) I'm not so sure that we really know what was going on. This book starts with a discussion with Hans Blix. Dr. Blix is reported to be very bitter and angry and has accused the U.S. and British governments of over dramatizing the threat of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
On the other hand Kenneth Pollack, a member of Clinton's administration says in the Atlantic Monthly: 'Israel, Russia, Britain, China, and even France held positions similar to that of the United States' Dr. Particia Lewis, a Ph.D. physicist working for the UN says: 'It was not just the intelligence agencies of the UK and US that had misjudged the extent of the WMD programmes in Iraq in 2002-2003. Independent analysts all over the world had similar assumptions, including those in the United Nations.'
Maybe we will find out what really happened in ten or twenty years, on the other hand it's been 40+ years and we still argue about the Kennedy assassination.
There are a lot of things about the CIA and Italian intelligence agencies that make them look like something out of a Pink Panther movie. I hope they are better than that.
The book says that there have been secret meetings between Iran and the US taking place in Milan. If so, I think that's good. Talking is certainly better than fighting.
All in all, a fascinating book that brings up a lot of new points. I just don't know if I believe it or not.