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

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In the days following September 11, the most powerful people in the country were panic-stricken. The decisions about how to combat terrorists and strengthen national security were made in a state of utter chaos and fear, but the key players, Vice President Dick 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. The Dark Sideis a riveting narrative account of how the U.S. made terrible decisions in the pursuit of terrorists--decisions that not only violated the Constitution, but also hampered the pursuit of Al Qaeda. In gripping detail, acclaimedNew Yorkerwriter and bestselling author Jane Mayer relates specific cases, shown in real time against the larger tableau of Washington, looking at the intelligence gained--or not--and the price paid. In all cases, 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.The Dark Sidechronicles one of the mostdisturbing chapters in American history, one that will serve as the lasting legacy of the George W. Bush presidency.
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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
A Best Book of the Year: Salon, Slate, The Economist, The Washington Post, Cleveland Plain-Dealer

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subject_facet Military interrogation -- United States
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 -- Influence
United States -- History -- 21st century
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-
War and emergency powers -- United States
War on Terrorism, 2001-
title_display Dark side : the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals
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Military interrogation
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September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
War and emergency powers
War on Terrorism, 2001-