State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 24, 2006 - History - 248 pages
James Risen has broken story after story on the abuses of power of the Bush administration.

From warrantless wiretapping to secret financial data mining to the CIA's rogue operations, he has shown again and again that the executive branch has dangerously overreached, repudiated checks and balances on its power, and maintained secrecy even with its allies in Congress. In no small part thanks to Risen and State of War, the "secret history" of the Bush years has now come partially into view.

In a new epilogue for the paperback edition, Risen describes the two-front war that President Bush is now fighting: at home against Congress and the Supreme Court, as his administration is increasingly reined in from its abuses; and in the Middle East, where George W. Bush's great gamble to bring a democratic revolution is failing radically. We must learn the lessons of Risen's history now, before it is too late.

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Written by the NY Times journalist who broke the the Bush administration's illegal domestic surveillance program, this book documents the transformation of the CIA from the independent and usually ... Read full review

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Lucid, balanced and brimming with surprises, this is a-to borrow a notorious phrase-slam dunk expos├ƒ┬»├‚┬┐├‚┬Ż of the CIA's recent snafus. New York Times reporter Risen is broadly sympathetic to the ... Read full review


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James Risen covers national security for The New York Times. He was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism, and he is the coauthor of Wrath of Angels and The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB. He lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and three sons.

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