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 Side is 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, acclaimed New Yorker writer 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 Side
chronicles one of the most disturbing chapters in American history, one that
will serve as the lasting legacy of the George W. Bush presidency.
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