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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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Theory of Invisible Balance of Power in relation to the US vs Islamic Militants is Valid Today
Dan Nicholson
Although, the book was first time published in 2005, yet it has introduced a unique
theory of “invisible balance of power”. I have gone through the book. It has given a number of positive suggestions to the US and its NATO and other western allies, which are essential for world peace.
Author’s suggestions include solution of Palestinian and Kashmir issues, withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, reforming of the UNO by giving importance to the General Assembly equally with the Security Council, redressing the grievances of the Third World, especially those of the Islamic countries and international disarmament. He also emphasized stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which are necessary for American regional and global interests.
Otherwise, in case of non-implementation of the suggestions, the international community could divide on religious lines , and could culminate into clash of civilizations in the sense of Huntington. He also predicted in the book that after the failure of power factor by the US, state terrorism would result into more terrorism led by Al Qaeda or other similar militant groups.
However, after 14 years of the prolonged war against the militants, rise of ISIL, terror-attacks on Christians in Nigeria and other African countries including Iraq, and sectarian violence also proved true.
In the same terms, assaults on Christians and Muslims by the fundamentalists parties of India like BJP, RSS etc., tension between Pakistan and India more suicide attacks etc. also endorsed the future assessments of the book. It is pointed out in the book that as the militants are increasing the US cost of war, and US would have to wage a series of wars against volatile countries.
In this regard, American air strikes on Libya and prospective attack on Syria, which was postponed due to the Russian and Iranian threats are also in accordance with the future predictions of the author. Nevertheless, after 9/11 tragedy, many Muslim and western authors wrote books against terrorism. But, ground realities developed in accordance with this book. Hence, it remains valid today.
Author: Sajjad Shaukat -ISBN, 9690019589
Published by: Ferozsons, 60 Shahrah-i-Quaid-i-Azam, Lahore, Pakistan
Publisher’s Email: support@ferozsons.com.pk
www.@ferozsons.com.pk
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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...
Review continued here: http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/reviewofbooks_article/5959/
 

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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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