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Tommy Vietor

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Thomas Frederick Vietor IV is an American political commentator and podcaster. He is a former spokesperson for President Obama and the United States National Security Council from 2011 to 2013.
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The Spy and the Traitor
The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War
Ben MacIntyre - Aug 06, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The celebrated author of Double Cross and Rogue Heroes returns with his greatest spy story yet, a thrilling Americans-era tale of Oleg Gordievsky, the Russian whose secret work helped hasten the end of the Cold War. "The best true spy story I have ever read."--JOHN LE CARR� If anyone could be considered a Russian counter...
Tommy Vietor
Dec 13, 2020
@dceiver @samstein Truly excellent books. Picked up The Spy and the Traitor randomly and it was so good that i did realize it was a true story until i googled.      source
The Fighters
C. J. Chivers - Aug 14, 2018
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“A classic of war reporting...The author’s stories give heart-rending meaning to the lives and deaths of these men and women, even if policymakers generally have not.” —The New York Times Pulitzer Prize winner C.J. Chivers’s unvarnished account of modern combat, told through the eyes of the fighters who have waged America’s longest wars.More than 2...
Tommy Vietor
Jul 03, 2020
This is an amazing book @cjchivers      source
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In the Garden of Beasts
Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
Erik Larson - Jan 01, 2011
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Erik Larson, New York Times bestselling author of Devil in the White City, delivers a remarkable story set during Hitler’s rise to power.The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago,...
Tommy Vietor
Mar 24, 2020
"In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin" Great book. Learned a lot. Didn't exactly quiet the mind before bed.      source
American Cipher
Bowe Bergdahl and the U.S. Tragedy in Afghanistan
Matt Farwell - Mar 12, 2019
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The explosive narrative of the life, captivity, and trial of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who was abducted by the Taliban and whose story has served as a symbol for America's foundering war in AfghanistanPrivate First Class Bowe Bergdahl left his platoon's base in eastern Afghanistan in the early hours of June 30, 2009. Since that day, easy answers t...
Tommy Vietor
Dec 31, 2019
BTW the author of this piece cowrote an amazing book about Bowe Bergdahl and the war in Afghanistan:      source
Say Nothing
A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
Patrick Radden Keefe - Feb 25, 2020 (first published in 2018)
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From award-winning New Yorker staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland and its devastating repercussionsIn December 1972, Jean McConville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her Belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. They never...
Tommy Vietor
Mar 24, 2019
Seriously do yourself a favor and read this book. Learned more about The Troubles than I’d ever known and the story is just incredible.      source
Fiasco
The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005
Thomas E. Ricks - Jul 31, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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The definitive account of the American military's tragic experience in Iraq from a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter. Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for the Washington Post, puts forth in Fiasco a masterful reckoning with the planning & execution of the American military invasion & occupation of Iraq, now with a preface on recent deve...
Tommy Vietor
Mar 20, 2019
It’s the 16th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq. If you want to learn about that catastrophe, skip @AriFleischer’s gross revionist history tweets and read this book by @tomricks1      source
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The World as It Is
A Memoir of the Obama White House
Ben Rhodes - Apr 02, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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From one of Barack Obama's most trusted aides comes a revelatory behind-the-scenes account of his presidency--and how idealism can confront harsh reality and still survive.For nearly ten years, Ben Rhodes saw almost everything that happened at the center of the Obama administration--first as a speechwriter, then as deputy national security advisor,...
Tommy Vietor
Feb 23, 2018
This is the most important book written about Obama's foreign policy cc: @brhodes      source
Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder - Oct 20, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
Tommy Vietor
Aug 09, 2017
If you like this episode and want to learn more about Sergei Magnitsky check out Red Notice by @Billbrowder it's an incredible book.      source
All the Truth Is Out
The Week Politics Went Tabloid
Matt Bai - Sep 15, 2015 (first published in 2014)
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An NPR Best Book of the YearIn May 1987, Colorado Senator Gary Hart—a dashing, reform-minded Democrat—seemed a lock for the party’s presidential nomination and led George H. W. Bush by double digits in the polls. Then, in one tumultuous week, rumors of marital infidelity and a newspaper’s stakeout of Hart’s home resulted in a media frenzy the likes...
Tommy Vietor
Nov 04, 2015
All the Truth Is Out by @mattbai is the best book I've read about intersection of campaigns, media and culture. Essential 2 understand 2016.      source
The Nightingale's Song
Robert Timberg - Sep 11, 1996 (first published in 1995)
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Robert Timberg weaves together the lives of Annapolis graduates John McCain, James Webb, Oliver North, Robert McFarlane, and John Poindexter to reveal how the Vietnam War continues to haunt America. Casting all five men as metaphors for a legion of well-meaning if ill-starred warriors, Timberg probes the fault line between those who fought the war ...
Tommy Vietor
An extraordinary story of courage and sacrifice and also a cautionary tale about how easy it is to lose your way and go down the wrong path, even if you think what you’re doing is in service of a noble goal.      source