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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Risen Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781491546512
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War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely.

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses—and until this audiobook, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “With his second book probing the dark tunnels of the so-called war on terror, James Risen has established himself as the finest national security reporter of this generation.”


  • “A memorable chronicle of the long-range consequences of the panicky reaction of top American officials to the September 11 attacks.”

    New York Times

  • “Risen’s fast-paced, accessible prose and his finely drawn detail make the book read like an implausible thriller. The tragedy is that, however implausible, it all appears to be true.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A wide-ranging look at consequences of the so-called war on terror and includes stories of shocking thievery during the US occupation of Iraq.”

    US News & World Report

  • “A book every member of Congress and every candidate for president in both political parties should be forced to read.”

    Lowell Sun (Massachusetts)

  • “A no-holds-barred tarring and feathering of the past thirteen years of the US national security system…A strong reminder of the importance of a free press keeping a powerful government in check.”

    Daily Beast

  • “A sensational indictment of the violence and avarice that have plagued America’s war on terror since September 11, 2001—definitely worth reading, if only for the potentially heated political conversation.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2014 New York Times Notable Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
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About the Author

James Risen is an investigative journalist for the Intercept. He formerly covered national security for the New York Times, and he was a member of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting in 2002 for coverage of September 11 and terrorism. He also won a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including State of War, a New York Times bestseller.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards.