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The Dark Side: The inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

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A dramatic and damning narrative account of how America has fought the

"War on Terror"

In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. The radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of utter chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis to further a long held agenda to enhance Presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment.

THE DARK SIDE is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world-- decisions that not only violated the Constitution to which White House officials took an oath to uphold, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, acclaimed New Yorker writer and bestselling author, Jane Mayer, relates the impact of these decisions—U.S.-held prisoners, some of them completely innocent, were subjected to treatment more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition than the twenty-first century.

THE DARK SIDE will chronicle real, specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of what was happening in Washington, looking at the intelligence gained—or not—and the price paid. In some instances, torture worked. In many more, it led to false information, sometimes with devastating results. For instance, there is the stunning admission of one of the detainees, Sheikh Ibn al-Libi, that the confession he gave under duress—which provided a key piece of evidence buttressing congressional support of going to war against Iraq--was in fact fabricated, to make the torture stop.

In all cases, whatever the short term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, and our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself. THE DARK SIDE chronicles one of the most disturbing chapters in American history, one that will serve as the lasting legacy of the George W. Bush presidency.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

National Book Award Finalist

With a New Afterword by the Author

A searing and vitally important chronicle of how the Bush Administration has sacrificed our country’s core principles in the name of their war on terror.

Jane Mayer, bestselling author and acclaimed correspondent for The New Yorker, relates in gripping detail the impact of the Bush Administration’s disastrous counterterrorism policies. Under their watch, U.S.-held prisoners, some of them completely innocent, have been subjected to treatment more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition than the twenty-first century. Mayer shows how the key players, Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a longheld agenda to enhance presidential powers in an unprecedented manner, obliterating the Constitutional protections that define the American experiment.

Synopsis:

One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

National Bestseller

With a New Afterword

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment.

Table of Contents

Panic — Blame — The warning — Men of zeal — Detainee 001 — Outsourcing torture — Inside the black sites — The experiment — The memo — A deadly interrogation — Blowback — Cover-up.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307456502
Subtitle:
The inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
Mayer, Jane
Author:
Jane Mayer
Subject:
History : United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Law Enforcement
Subject:
United States - 21st Century
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Audio Books-Politics
Subject:
Audio Books-World Affairs
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics -- Terrorism
Subject:
Politics-United States Politics
Subject:
Sale Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
US History-21st Century
Subject:
US History-Contemporary
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090505
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
412

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Product details 412 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307456502 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , National Book Award Finalist

With a New Afterword by the Author

A searing and vitally important chronicle of how the Bush Administration has sacrificed our country’s core principles in the name of their war on terror.

Jane Mayer, bestselling author and acclaimed correspondent for The New Yorker, relates in gripping detail the impact of the Bush Administration’s disastrous counterterrorism policies. Under their watch, U.S.-held prisoners, some of them completely innocent, have been subjected to treatment more reminiscent of the Spanish Inquisition than the twenty-first century. Mayer shows how the key players, Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a longheld agenda to enhance presidential powers in an unprecedented manner, obliterating the Constitutional protections that define the American experiment.

"Synopsis" by , One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

National Bestseller

With a New Afterword

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment.

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