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This book could be very informative, if it wasnt so poorly written. This was a required reading for my class on Torture and Human Rights at the University of Washington. As a junior in the college, I have had a lot of experience in reading academic writings, and have even taken a number of academic writing courses. It seems to me that even the most basic argumentative writing "rules" have been broken in this book. The sentences are run-on for a majority of the script, and none of the weitnesses or sources has any credibility. in one instance the author literally writes that "an employee" of an important government office has some very implicating and decisive comments to make. How she thinks that an "employee" of anything is a credible source in a government agency is absurd. In my estimation, the majority of her sources are stretched beyond their real importance. how do we know this wasn't the janitor at the pentagon who has suddenly decided he can be a credible witness to the inter-workings of the Joint Chiefs of Staff? 

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The war on terror: a nasty, panicky failure
Jane Mayer provides a biting critique of the ham-fisted reaction to 9/11. But an effective opposition to the war on terror needs to criticise every aspect
of Bush’s policy, not only the most unsavoury ones...
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Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Clif - Goodreads

At the end of WW2, Europe was devastated, Germany in particular. It had reaped what it had sowed. German prestige was non-existent after the horrors of Nazism and the prestige of the United States ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Diane - Goodreads

I heard and read about some of the main facts written in this book, but when Jane Mayer put the story altogether I became even more sickened by the administration's (Cheney and Addington's ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Elliot Ratzman - Goodreads

Undermining the Constitution? How about accruing power to the Presidency over Congress, even the Supreme Court, to wage torture? These were the legal statements and hijinks of David Addington “Cheney ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Dana Stabenow - Goodreads

A painstaking and just amazingly detailed account of how extreme rendition (in English, kidnapping) and extreme interrogation (in English, torture) came to be public policy in the current ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Erik Simon - Goodreads

Where to begin? Honestly, where to begin? There were a lot of books about 9/11 and the Iraq War and the Bush Administration and all of that stuff that I didn't bother to read because I knew the ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Barb - Goodreads

a book i struggled to complete, and read several books inbetween. a lot of facts, a lot of "players", and the worst part of it, is that it is all true. Americans should be very thankful that they have ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Steve Horton - Goodreads

Awesome account of former VP Cheney as anti-Christ, leading the "fight" against terrorism regardless of the impact on America's fundamental principles of justice. It struck me as frightening that one ... Read full review

Review: The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals

User Review  - Alison - Goodreads

Combined with the lessons learned from Angler, The Dark Side by Jane Mayer has given me a greater appreciation of how power was wielded in the executive branch during the Bush years. On many occasions ... Read full review


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