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I read this book a few years back and am enjoying it just as much this time through on audio. The narrator is incredible. The Oil-For-Food program is in the dim past for me, and a great reminder of the greed, bureaucratic bungling and often very funny office politics and personalities behind the scenes. I just read online about the movie, but can't imagine it will be as good as the book, skeptic that I am.
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This is an intriguing inside tale of the United Nations' Iraqi "Oil for Food" program that is interesting enough but add to that a very well written story and superb narration and you have a great story...perfect for audio.
Soussan's brilliant text is performed extremely well Maxwell Hamilton, who, (despite one questionable Australian accent for the head of the Australian Wheat Board) is great. The text itself is such an insight into the laughable world of lies, deceit and bigoted egos that block those with true passion and determination to change the lives of people who need it most. My personal favourite parts of the text - when Soussan explains how incredibly smart Saddam was, albeit shockingly corrupt, to mastermind the downfall of integrity of most first world countries of the world and the U.N. Members and chairmen of countries you wouldn't believe would partake in dodgy dealings are the first to be whistle-blown by Soussan; Not just the US and Russia - but Australia, France, New Zealand and plenty of others are all in on it.
Cracking yarn. An absolute must.
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An eye opening account of international fraud that gives unprecedented insight and perspective into the workings of the UN and the recent history of Iraq and the war on terror.
Well written and well performed - my only gripe is that some non-American accents were a little interesting but overall this is definitely one to hear.