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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

This detailed account of the Bush Administration's decisions on rendition, torture and other unpleasant matters is a must read book. What I find most disturbing, after the revelations of the last ... Read full review

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User Review  - 06nwingert - LibraryThing

Jane Mayer's chilling descriptions of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath are eerily good. She notes that Bush Co. knew about the attacks and did nothing about them, as they wanted a pretext for war ... Read full review

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User Review  - janewylen - LibraryThing

The title of this book comes from a statement of Cheney: "Now we are going to have to go to the dark side." Cheney still believes that torture is necessary, that Obama, by forgoing torture, is putting ... Read full review

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User Review  - flourishing - LibraryThing

Quite engaging, although I have no way of judging how accurate or truthful it is. I tend to trust it about - say - 80%? Perhaps 75%? Which is pretty good for a book of its type. But I couldn't say why ... Read full review

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User Review  - joshberg - LibraryThing

The idealogues are infuriating and the torture descriptions nauseating, but this is an extremely well-reported book, exhaustive yet often gripping. Essential reading for anyone seeking a more complete account of America's most recent (and most heinous?) fall from grace. Read full review

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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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User Review  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

fascinating insight into the government activities following 9/11 and the problems created by the amoral powers that occupied Washington for the last 8 years Read full review

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User Review  - xiaoshitou - LibraryThing

It's not the best writing i've read but i think jane mayer delved into an important topic in this book. Every American should read it. Read full review

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User Review  - solla - LibraryThing

Very well done, full of details, will probably make you sick to read the kind of things recently done in our country. Read full review


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