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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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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

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

User Review  - Ilya - Goodreads

After the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, the United States declared a War on Terror. A bunch of right-wing lawyers working in the Bush administration decided that, unlike in America's other wars such as ... 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  - G - Goodreads

Brutal - it should be required reading for all US citizens. 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 - Goodreads

Very good book which left me once again furious with the fact that the Bush administration got away with so much despicable behavior and tarnished America's image world wide. 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  - RUSA CODES - Goodreads

This was one of the 2009 RUSA Notable Books winners. For the complete list, go to http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rus... 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

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

User Review  - Edith - Goodreads

When the President is sworn into office, he is charged with the task to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. This is a story of how that integrity is lost in the pursuit of terrorism, a time when we most need that conviction of a moral upperground. Read full review


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