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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals by Jane Mayer
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In the days following September 11, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. The 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.
The Dark Side is a riveting narrative account of how the U.S. made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists–decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, acclaimed New Yorker writer and bestselling author Jane Mayer relates specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of Washington, looking at the intelligence gained–or not–and the price paid. In all cases, whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country’s place in the world, and its sense of itself. The Dark Side chronicles one of the mostdisturbing chapters in American history, one that will serve as the lasting legacy of the George W. Bush presidency.
Summary: Tying loose ends
This is a devastating compilation of the varied reports of the Bush administration. The Dark Side ties together all of the unsettling news reports and books that have been published in the past 5 years to reveal a chilling tapestry of criminal behavior. This text takes the conversation far beyond politics to require the reader to contemplate exactly how long the country is willing to tolerate a criminal conspiracy in the White House.
This was my first kindle book and it was very hard to put down. Clear facts. Timelines. Public and private records.
Beautiful and fluid storytelling about the most horrible thing imagineable...The US sacrificing all of its most cherished values to defeat the evil of terrorism.
As a veteran, I wrote letters to the President and my representatives when the Abu Gharib torture photos were released. In the Air Force we were made to memorize the Geneva Conventions...the activities described in this book would have been interpreted by any military individual I served with as an unlawful order under the Constitution as well as the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
The Decision Makers may have thought they were doing what was necessary...but in the end their tragic choices have created a legacy that will haunt the country...especially our currently serving soldiers...now at even greater risk for torture and humiliation at the hands of any potential captors.
I have been recommending this book to everyone I know. It is a book that one does not really want to read...but should.
Summary: Solid documenation of one Bush policy
Of the many critical books about the administration this one is among the most solidly documented treatments of one Bush policy--definition of and handling of terrorist suspects. The most realistic Americans, those who understand that even good people do evil things, if they read this book will have to admit that under Bush & Co. leadership we joined the ranks of the most evil.
Summary: IMPORTANT READ
I HAVE READ ALMOST ALL THE BOOKS ABOUT THE BUSH LOT OVER THESE PAST 8 YEARS AND THIS ONE IS ABSOLUTELY THE BEST - IT SHOULD BE READ BY EVERYONE CONCERNED ABOUT OUR COUNTRY AND THE UPCOMING ELECTION. IN FACT, IT SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS, TO SAY NOTHING OF THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS. A REALLY IMPORTANT BOOK
Summary: Incredibly fascinating and informative
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals I am only half-way through the book, and it is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating, well-written and horrifying books on the so-called war on terrorism. This administration is most certainly guilty of war crimes, and I am hopeful that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney will stand trial for these egregious crimes against humanity. Hey, I can hope, can't I?
Mirrors are welcomed!