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

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


By (author) Jane Mayer

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 24mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307456293
  • ISBN 13: 9780307456298
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 158,050

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One of "The New York Times" 10 Best Books of the Year National BestsellerWith a New AfterwordNational Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A Best Book of the Year: "Salon," "Slate," "The Economist," "The Washington Post," "Cleveland Plain-Dealer"The Dark Side is a dramatic, riveting, and definitive narrative 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. 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.

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Author information

Jane Mayer is the co-author of two bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books, "Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988," and "Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas," the latter of which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Mayer was also awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in connection with The Dark Side. She is currently a Washington-based staff writer for "The New Yorker," specializing in political and investigative reporting. Before that, she was a senior writer and front-page editor for "The Wall Street Journal," as well as the Journal's first female White House correspondent. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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"Deeply troubling, but splendidly executed.... Mayer does invaluable work locking these reports into a coherent narrative framework and sketching in vital connective details and insights.... Superb."--"Los Angeles Times""A gripping, meticulously researched, and deeply disturbing book that vindicates the observation of the great Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis that 'the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.'" --"Parameters" (U.S. Army War College Quarterly)"Essential reading." --"Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ""Gripping.... Chilling.... [A] vivid and comprehensive account." --"The New York Times" "One of those rare books that should be read by every concerned American." --"Austin American-Statesman""Stunning." --"Slate" "Powerful, brilliantly researched, and deeply unsettling.... Extraordinary and invaluable." --"The New York Times Book Review""Some of The Dark Side seems right out of "The Final Days," minus Nixon's operatic boozing and weeping.... Nixon parallels take us only so far, however. The Dark Side is scarier than "The Final Days" because these final days aren't over yet and because the stakes are much higher."--Frank Rich, "The New York Times""In The Dark Side, Jane Mayer, a staff writer for the "New Yorker," documents some of the ugliest allegations of wrongdoing charged against the Bush administration. To dismiss these as wild, anti-American ravings will not do. They are facts, which Mayer substantiates in persuasive detail, citing the testimony not of noted liberals like Noam Chomsky or Keith Olbermann but of military officers, intelligence professionals, "hard-line law-and-order stalwarts in the criminal justice system" and impeccably conservative Bush appointees who resisted the conspiracy from within the administration." --"The Washington Post Book World""Whatever it takes to get those bastards. The true nature of our Faustian bargain would not become clear until later, and ma