Jack Bauer for President: Terrorism and Politics in 24

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Richard Miniter
BenBella Books, Inc., Jun 22, 2009 - Performing Arts - 193 pages
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Jack Bauer for President: Terrorism and Politics in 24 looks at the way “24” reflects, distorts and comments upon our modern political landscape. “24” is one of the most gripping, dramatic and addictive shows on television, but how much of it is realistic? And what does the show have to say about modern politics and foreign policy in America’s fight against terrorism?

The book takes on the show’s images of terrorism, government and politics, as well as the ethics and effectiveness of counterterrorism practices. Does it take a terrorist to fight a terrorist? How much do “the people” have a right to know in life-threatening circumstances? How effective do we really want our heroes to be?

Addressing these issues and enriching the “24” viewing experience are authors prominent in fields ranging from philosophy, psychology, political science and counterterrorism. Each contributor was so passionate about the show that we did not have to resort to the threat of electrical wires, heart defibrillators, chemical injections or old-fashioned bone breaking to get our information!
 

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Contents

Living with Terror
1
Can a Leftist Love 24?
19
I Despise You for Making Me Do This
29
Honey Traps Romeos and Blackmail
43
Hacking Jack Bauer
59
Jack Bauer Is the Dirty Harry for the Age of Terrorism
67
Simulating Terror
77
The Third Degree
87
24 and the Use of Torture to Obtain Preventive Intelligence
103
The Reality of Interrogation
125
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Formerly editor of the weekly "Business Europe" column at The Wall Street Journal Europe, Richard Miniter is currently a freelance writer for the London Sunday Times. He resides in Brussels, Belgium

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