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

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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 ofThe New York Times10 Best Books of the Year National Bestseller National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 130 x 200 x 24mm | 439.98g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white plates
  • 0307456293
  • 9780307456298
  • 139,773

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"A powerful, brilliantly researched and deeply unsettling book....extraordinary and invaluable" --Alan Brinkley, "New York Times Book Review " "If you intend to vote in November and read only one book between now and then, this should be it." --"Los Angeles Times ""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, "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." --"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 maybe it needed a journalist as steely and tenacious as Jane Mayer to give us the full picture. "The Dark Side" is about how the war on terror became "a war on American ideals," and Mayer gives this story all the weight and sorrow it deserves. Many books get tagged with the word "essential"; hers actually is." --"Salon.com " " ""In Jane Mayer'sangry and important book The Dark Side, '' the tenacious New Yorker reporter takes us, step by step, through the process by which practices and methods we associate with tyrannies became official U.S. policy." --"Bloomberg ""(In) "The Dark Side," Jane Mayer's riveting and shocking new book, and not the least of the themes to emerge from it is that we've witnessed something new in American history: the imperial vice presidency." --"New York Observer " "Essential reading for those who think they can stand the truth." -- Bob Herbert, "New York Times " "Like a good suspense novel....potent and disturbing stuff." -- "San Diego Tribune" " " "From the Hardcover edition."show more

About Jane Mayer

Jane Mayeris a staff writer forThe New Yorkerand the author of three bestselling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authoredLandslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984 1988, with Doyle McManus, andStrange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her bookThe 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 ofThe 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 atThe 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. "show more
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