The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 8, 2009 - History - 432 pages
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The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative account of how the United States made self-destructive decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world—decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In spellbinding detail, Jane Mayer relates the impact of these decisions by which key players, namely Vice President Dick Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, exploited September 11 to further a long held agenda to enhance presidential powers to a degree never known in U.S. history, and obliterate Constitutional protections that define the very essence of the American experiment. With a new afterward. 


One of The New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year

National Bestseller

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist 

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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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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

Contents

Panic
1
Blame ll
11
The Warning
28
Men of Zeal
44
Detainee U01
72
Outsourcing Torture
101
Inside the Black Sites
139
The Experiment
182
The Memo
213
I0 A Deadly Interrogation
238
Coverup
295
Car of Key C aaracterr
346
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357
Bi2iograpJy
380
A Note an 01rcex
389
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Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authored Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984–1988, with Doyle McManus, and Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her book The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was named one of The New York Times’s Top 10 Books of the Year and won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. It was also a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. For her reporting at The New Yorker,Mayer has been awarded the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence presented by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Mayer lives in Washington, D.C.

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