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Dark side : the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals

by Mayer, Jane.

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In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Cheney and his powerful, secret... Full description

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Summary: In the days immediately following September 11th, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. Radical decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Cheney and his powerful, secretive adviser David Addington, used the crisis 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. This is a dramatic account of how the United States made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists around the world--decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. Whatever the short-term gains, there were incalculable losses in terms of moral standing, our country's place in the world, and its sense of itself.--From publisher description.
Physical Description: 392 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN: 0385526393
9780385526395
Author Notes: Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She has received 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 for her reporting at The New Yorker. She has written several nonfiction books including Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988 written with Doyle McManus, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas written with Jill Abramson, and Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals 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.

(Bowker Author Biography) Jane Mayer has been a New York Times writer since 1995 and best-selling author of "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals".

(Bowker Author Biography)

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