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911 plus.org: Searchable database of 7,382 sourced quotes related to 9/11/01


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The 9/11 Commission Report

911 commission


CreateSpace Publishing
7/22/2004
428 pages

The 9-11 Commission:
Thomas Kean, Chair (R)
Lee H. Hamilton, Vice Chair (D)
Richard Ben-Veniste (D)
Fred F. Fielding (R)
Jamie S. Gorelick (D)
Slade Gorton (R)
Bob Kerrey(D)
John F. Lehman (R)
Timonthy J. Roemer (D)
James R. Thompson (R)
"The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, is chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. The Commission is also mandated to provide recommendations designed to guard against future attacks. The ten members of the 9-11 Commission announce the creation of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project.  The Commission closed on August 21, 2004."

(Source: 9-11Commission.gov, 4/10)

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1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI--the Untold Story

1000 Years for Revenge: International Terrorism and the FBI

Harper Paperbacks
9/7/2004
560 pages

Peter Lance "1000 Years for Revenge is a groundbreaking investigative work that uncovers startling evidence of how the FBI missed dozens of opportunities to stop the attacks of September 11, dating back to 1989. Award-winning journalist Peter Lance explains how an elusive al Qaeda mastermind defeated the entire American security system in what the author calls 'the greatest failure of intelligence since the Trojan Horse.' Threading the stories of FBI agent Nancy Floyd, FDNY fire marshal Ronnie Bucca, and bomb-maker Ramzi Yousef, Lance uncovers the years of behind-the-scenes intrigue that put these three strangers on a collision course. An unparalleled work of investigative reporting and masterful storytelling, 1000 Years for Revenge will change forever the way we look at the FBI and the war on terror in the twenty-first century."

(Source: harpercollins.com, 4/10)

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Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

Against All Enemies

Free Press
3/22/2004
291 pages

Richard A. Clarke "The #1 New York Times bestseller, this book revealed for the first time the failures of the Bush Administration to do anything about terrorism before 9-11 and how the Administration intentionally and erroneously used the attacks as a justification to go to war with Iraq. Speaking out publicly against that war long before most Washington insiders, attacking Bush's folly when doing so was not popular, Clarke took risks others were unwilling to run, but his analysis was eventually vindicated. The book also goes back twenty years to tell us how we got into this situation, but it does so in a fast paced, engaging, and accessible style."

(Source: richardaclarke.net, 4/10)

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The Age of Sacred Terror: Radical Islam's War Against America

The Age of Sacred Terror

Random House
10/14/2003
488 pages

Daniel Benjamin
and
Steven Simon
"Benjamin, the National Security Council's director for counterterrorism during the Clinton administration, and Simon, its first senior director of counterterrorism, here argue that Osama bin Laden is not the root of terrorist evil but merely a branch. Chillingly, the authors signed the contract for this book before September 11."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World

The Age of Turbulence

Penguin Press
9/9/2008
532 pages

Alan Greenspan "Greenspan offers a revealing yet monotonous look at the inner workings of the Federal Reserve and his career. Beginning with his childhood in Manhattan, where he learned percentages by memorizing Yankee batting statistics, Greenspan relates his tremendous passion for economics and politics that propelled him to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve for nearly 20 years."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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Al Qaeda in Its Own Words

Al Qaeda in Its Own Words

Belknap Press
4/30/2008
267 pages

Gilles Kepel
and
Jean-Pierre Milelli
"With this book, Kepel and Milelli, professors at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, have produced a seminal study of al-Qaeda, introducing the key texts and figures inspiring this still shadowy movement. Al-Qaeda's writings, mostly disseminated electronically, emphasize Islam's unending struggle to establish its domination over its eternal enemies: the unbelievers, the infidels, the apostates."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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The Al Qaeda Reader

The Al Qaeda Reader


Broadway Books
8/7/2007
282 pages

Raymond Ibrahim "The Al Qaeda Reader exposes al-Qaeda's ultimate motives by showing the striking differences between statements published in English for Westerners and those in Arabic for Muslims. Al-Qaeda's publications for the Muslim world are completely different in tone and content. In addition to laying bare al-Qaeda's ultimate motives, The Al Qaeda Reader includes the organization's propagandist speeches, which are directed primarily at Americans, Europeans, and Iraqis."

(Source: raymondibrahim.com, 5/10)

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America Alone: The Neo-Conservative and the Global Order

America Alone

Cambridge University Press
9/5/2005
339 pages

Stefan Halper
and
Jonathan Clarke
"Used wisely, America's immense military power can preserve freedom but used unwisely, it can fracture global stability. Stefan Halper and Jonathan Clarke argue, that as long as neo-conservative radicals dominate the nation's national security process, fracture is more likely. Assuming Americans will see increasing threats in the future, this book is important because it identifies the factions and agendas involved. It advocates an alternative approach based on a return to the mainstream principles that have successfully guided American diplomacy for half a century."

(Source: amazon.com, 7/10)

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American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us

American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us

Free Press
1/28/2003
304 pages

Steven Emerson "Eighteen months before the attacks of September 11, 2001, Steven Emerson issued a warning about the spread of domestic Islamic terrorist networks. American Jihad reveals how these international groups have gained footholds and how they use America's political freedoms to establish cells and training camps within ordinary communities. From the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, to foiled attacks on the New York City subway system, to a stunning range of murders across the country, there were numerous warning signs that the 'American Jihad' had been gaining momentum. With an up-to-the-minute afterword that explains the stops and starts of the post-9/11 investigation, American Jihad reveals the full story that only Emerson knows--and the reasons America failed to stop the most devastating attack in history on our own soil."

(Source: borders.com, 5/10)

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American Soldier

American Soldier

HarperCollins Publishers
8/4/2004
624 pages

Tommy Franks "As Commander in Chief of the United States Central Command from July 2000 through July 2003, Tommy Franks led the American and Coalition forces to victory in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Unsurprisingly, the portions of American Soldier covering these wars are the most interesting because they combine military maneuvers, political wrangling, and lots of action and commentary. This does not mean, however, that the rest of his autobiography is dull. General Franks's writing is clear and engaging and his insider's perspective is informative and interesting, particularly when he explains how the military moved into the 21st century by emphasizing speed, agility, and better cooperation among the various branches--a significant shift from the first Persian Gulf war just a decade earlier. In addition to his years as a war general, his memoir also covers his childhood, his early years in the Army, his tours of Vietnam, and how he contemplated retirement before being called up as commander of Central Command, 'the most diverse, strategically vital-and unstable-region of the planet.' "

(Source: amazon.com, 11/10)

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The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril

The American Way of War

Free Press
10/14/2008
289 pages

Eugene Jarecki "In the sobering aftermath of America's invasion of Iraq, Eugene Jarecki, the creator of the award-winning documentary Why We Fight, launches a penetrating and revelatory inquiry into how forces within the American political, economic, and military systems have come to undermine the carefully crafted structure of our republic -- upsetting its balance of powers, vastly strengthening the hand of the president in taking the nation to war, and imperiling the workings of American democracy. This is a story not of simple corruption but of the unexpected origins of a more subtle and, in many ways, more worrisome disfiguring of our political system and society."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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An Honourable Deception: New Labor, Iraq, and the Misuse of Power

An Honourable Deception

Free Press
9/19/2005
305 pages

Clare Short "Clare Short MP has been one of the government's most outspoken critics, despite having been a member of it for most of its two terms of office since 1997. Her resignation from the Cabinet over the war in Iraq in 2003 caused a furore--not least because she had already threatened to go a few months earlier. Writing 'more in sorrow than in anger', Clare Short now reveals her thinking about all aspects of the way Britain has been run since 1997. Drawing on her first-hand experience of events at the heart of power, she assesses the true effects of the centralisation of decision-making in Number 10 and shows us how New Labour has contrived to damage the goodwill afforded it by two successive three-figure majorities. Candid and forthright, lucid and thought-provoking, this is a major book about modern Britain."

(Source: alltopbooks.com, 4/10)

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Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

Angler

Penguin Press
9/16/2008
395 pages

Barton Gellman "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency is a book by Washington Post investigative reporter Barton Gellman, published in 2008. Presenting information in a narrative fashion, Gellman asserts that United States Vice President Dick Cheney misled Republican leaders about the threat of Iraq before the invasion of Iraq by the United States. The book levels several allegations against Cheney and his administration. The book is based on hundreds of previously unpublished interviews with high-ranking government officials."

(Source: wikipedia.org, 4/10)

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The Assault on Reason

The Assault on Reason

Penguin Group Publishing
5/22/2007
273 pages

Al Gore "The Assault on Reason is a 2007 book written by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. In the book, Gore argues that there is a trend in U.S. politics towards ignoring facts and analysis when making policy decisions. He heavily criticizes the George W. Bush administration for its actions in furthering the 'assault on reason', and also the Congress, Judiciary, and press for being complicit in the process. Gore also suggests the average citizen must be proactive in 'restoring democracy'. He expresses hopes that the medium of the Internet will supersede television and what he argues is its inherent bias, creating a 'marketplace of ideas' that has not been present since the replacement of the printed word with mass media."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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At the Center of the Storm

At the Center of the Storm

Harper Perennial
4/22/2008
517 pages

George Tenet "At the Center of the Storm: My Years at the CIA is a memoir co-written by former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency George Tenet with Bill Harlow, former CIA Director of Public Affairs. The book was released on April 30, 2007 and outlines Tenet's version of 9/11, the War on Terrorism, the 2001 War in Afghanistan, the run-up to the 2003 Iraq war, rough interrogation and other events."

(Source: wikipedia.org, 4/10)

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Beyond the Law: The Bush Administration's Unlawful Responses in the "War" on Terror

Beyond the Law, The bush Administrations Unlawful Responses in the war on Terror


Cambridge University Press
9/2007
326 pages

Jordan Paust "Provides a detailed exposition of violations of international law authorized and abetted by secret memos, authorizations and orders of the Bush administration. It describes why several executive claims were in error, what illegal authorizations were given, what illegal interrogation tactics were approved, and what illegal transfers and secret detentions occurred. It offers the most thorough documentation of cases demonstrating that the President is bound by the laws of war; that decisions to detain persons, decide their status, and mistreat them are subject to judicial review during the war; and that the commander-in-chief power is subject to restraints by Congress. Special military commissions contemplated by President Bush are analyzed along with the Supreme Court's decision in Hamdan concerning their illegal structure and procedures, as well as problems created by the 2006 Military Commission Act."

(Source: www.cambridge.org, 10/11)

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Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror

Bin Laden Legacy


Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
8/2011
288 pages

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross "In the decade since 9/11, the United States has grown weaker: It has been bogged down by costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has spent billions of dollars on security to protect air travel and other transport, as well as the homeland more generally. Much of this money has been channeled into efforts that are inefficient by design and highly bureaucratic, a lack of coordination between and among the government and an array of contractors making it difficult to evaluate the return on the enormous investment that we have made in national security. Meanwhile, public morale has been sapped by measures ranging from color-coded terror alerts to full-body hand searches. Now counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross details the strategic missteps the U.S. has made in the fight against al Qaeda, a group that U.S. planners never really took the time to understand. For this reason, America's responses to the terrorist threat have often unwittingly helped al Qaeda achieve its goals. Gartenstein-Ross's book explains what the country must do now to stem the bleeding."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/13)

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Breakdown: How America's Intelligence Failures Led to September 11

Breakdown


The Regnery Publishing, Inc.
8/15/2002
170 pages

Bill Gertz "Breakdown is a 2003 book by Bill Gertz arguing that U.S. intelligence services 'lost sight of [their] purpose and function' due to Clinton administration policies that were more concerned with political correctness than with national defense."

(Source: wikipedia.org, 4/10)

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The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time

The Bush Agenda

Regan Books
5/1/2006
343 pages

Antonia Juhasz "The Bu$h Agenda exposes the Bush Administration's use of corporate globalization policy as a weapon of war. Juhasz uncovers the history and key role of U.S. corporations in the creation of the Bush agenda, focusing on Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, Chevron, and Halliburton. Presenting the Iraq War as the most brutal application of the Bush agenda, Juhasz reveals the 'oil time-line' driving the war, and how the administration has fundamentally transformed Iraq's economy, locking in sweeping advantages to its corporate allies - including increased access to Iraq's oil. Extensively researched and highly engaging, The Bu$h Agenda provides informative analysis revealing the hard truths about where the Bush administration and its corporate allies are leading the modern world-AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT."

(Source: thebushagenda.net, 4/10)

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Bush at War

Bush at War

Simon & Schuster
7/1/2003
357 pages

Bob Woodward "Bush at War is the behind-the-scenes story of how President George W. Bush and his top national security advisers, after the initial shock of the September 11 attacks, led the nation to war. Based on interviews with more than a hundred sources and four hours of exclusive interviews with the president, Bush at War reveals Bush's sweeping, almost grandiose, vision for remaking the world."

(Source: bobwoodward.com, 4/10)

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The Cell: Inside The 9/11 Plot, and Why the FBI and CIA Failed to Stop It

The Cell

Hyperion C
5/14/2003
333 pages

John Miller,
Michael Stone
and
Chris Mitchell
"Miller, an award-winning journalist and coanchor of ABCUs 20/20, along with veteran reporters Stone and Mitchell, takes readers back to the birth of the terrorist cell that later metastasized into al Qaeda's New York operation."

(Source: borders.com, 4/10)

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Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President

Cheney


HarperCollins Publishers
5/21/2009
597 pages

Stephen F. Hayes "Before he became George W. Bush's running mate in the 2000 election, Hayes reports, Dick Cheney called the vice presidency a cruddy job. But during his tenure, Hayes argues, Cheney transformed this traditionally inconsequential office into a focal point of presidential power. While emphasizing Cheney's role as vice president, this biography follows his entire political career, beginning with a 1968 congressional fellowship and including key positions in the Ford and George H.W. Bush administrations, as well as 21 years as a congressman. Drawing on interviews with Cheney and others, as well as TV interviews and other journalistic reports, Hayes covers this material engagingly and efficiently. The book may not convince detractors, but it sketches a vivid portrait of Cheney as an intelligent, quiet leader committed throughout his career, even as a member of Congress, to strengthening the power and authority of the executive branch."

(Source: amazon.com, 9/10)

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Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq

Cobra II


Vintage Books
2/27/2007
597 pages

Michael R. Gordon
and
Bernard E. Trainor
"Cobra II: The Inside Story of the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq, written by Michael R. Gordon, chief military correspondent for the New York Times, and Bernard E. Trainor, a retired Marine Corps lieutenant general, details the behind-the-scenes decision-making that lead to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It then follows, in depth, the invasion itself and the early months of the occupation through summer 2003."

(Source: wikipedia.org, 4/10)

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The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation

The Commission

Twelve Books
1/31/2008
418 pages

Philip Shenon "In a work of history that will make headlines, New York Times reporter Philip Shenon investigates the investigation of 9/11 and tells the inside story of the most significant federal commission since the Warren Commission. From the Commission's inception, Shenon covered its workings on a daily basis, developing sources at all levels of the investigation. Now, more than five years later, he has returned to those sources and uncovered important information which casts a new light on what the Commission discovered - and failed to discover."

(Source: thecommissionbook.com, 4/10)

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Condoleezza Rice: An American Life: A Biography

Condoleezza Rice: An American Life

Random House
12/11/2007
318 pages

Elisabeth Bumiller "Condoleezza Rice, one of most powerful and controversial women in the world, has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer. In this stunning new biography, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W. Bush’s national security adviser on September 11, 2001. The book relates in more intimate detail than ever before the personal voyage of a young black woman out of the segregated American South and also tells the sweeping story of a tumultuous half-century in the nation’s history."

(Source: amazon.com, 6/10)

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The Connection: How al Qaeda's Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America

The Connection

HarperCollins
2004
224 pages

Stephen F. Hayes "In The Connection, Stephen Hayes draws on CIA debriefings, top-secret memos from our national intelligence agencies, and interviews with Iraqi military leaders and Washington insiders to demonstrate that Saddam and bin Laden not only could work together, they did--a curious relationship that stretches back more than a decade and may include collaboration on terrorist acts, chemical-weapons training, and sheltering some of the world's most wanted radicals. Hayes's bombshell Weekly Standard piece on this topic was cited by Vice President Cheney as the "best source of information" about the Saddam-al Qaeda connections. Now Hayes delves even deeper, exposing the inner workings of America's deadliest opponents and providing a clear-eyed corrective to reams of underreported, politicized, and just plain wrong information."

(Source: amazon.com, 12/10)

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Courage and Consequence

Courage and Consequence

Simon & Schuster
3/9/2010
520 pages

Karl Rove "Courage and Consequence is also the first intimate account from the highest level at the White House of one of the most headline-making presidencies of the modern age. Rove takes readers behind the scenes of the bitterly contested 2000 presidential contest, plya-by-play of each tense minute aboard Air Force One on 9/11, the decision to go to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the hard-won 2004 reelection fight. Rove is candid about his mistakes in the West Wing and in his campaigns, and talks frankly about the heartbreak of his early family years. He spells out what it takes to win elections and how to govern successfully once a candidate has won. But Courage and Consequence is ultimately about the joy of a life committed to the conservative cause, a life spent in political combat and service to country, no matter the costs."

(Source: simonandschuster.com, 5/10)

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Cover Up

Cover Up

HarperCollins Publishers
9/2005
368 pages

Peter Lance "In Cover Up, Peter Lance shows how the government chose again and again to sacrifice America's national security for personal motives and political convenience. In its first half, Lance unveils shattering new evidence that terror mastermind Ramzi Yousef ordered the bombing of TWA 800 from his prison cell in order to effect a mistrial in his own terror bombing case. Astonishingly, the FBI was alerted to Yousef's plans in advance by a prison informant who even passed along his detailed sketch of a bomb-trigger device -- a document seen here for the first time. And Lance reveals the shocking reason the Justice Department suddenly ruled the crash an accident despite overwhelming evidence of the bombing -- throwing away its best chance to penetrate the cell that was already planning 9/11."

(Source: barnesandnoble.com, 8/10)

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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

Doubleday
7/15/2008
335 pages

Jane Mayer "This hard-hitting expose examines both the controversial excesses of the war on terror and the home-front struggle to circumvent legal obstacles to its prosecution. New Yorker correspondent Mayer (Strange Justice) details the battle within the Bush Administration over a new anti-terrorism policy of harsh interrogations, indefinite detentions without due process, extraordinary renditions, secret CIA prisons and warrantless wiretappings. Fighting with memos and legal briefs, Mayer reports, hard-liners led by Dick Cheney, his aide David Addingtion and then-Justice Department lawyer John Yoo rejected any constraints on the treatment of prisoners or limitations on presidential power in fighting terrorism, while less militant administration lawyers invoked the Constitution and international law to oppose their initiatives."

(Source: amazon.com, 4/10)

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Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad

Deadly Embrace

Brookings Institution Press
2011
180 pages

Bruce Riedel "Bruce Riedel, one of America's foremost authorities on U.S. security and South Asia, sketches the history of U.S.-Pakistani relations from partitioning of the subcontinent in 1947 up through the present day. It is muddled story, meandering through periods of friendship and enmity. Riedel deftly interprets the tortuous path of relations between two very different nations that remain, in many ways, stuck with each other."

(Source: barnesandnoble.com, 5/13)

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Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand up to the Facts

Debunking 9/11 Myths

Olive Branch Press
8/15/2006
153 pages

Popular Mechanics editors "Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts is a non-fiction book that is published by Hearst Communications, Inc. on August 15, 2006. The book is based on the article 9/11: Debunking the Myths in the March 2005 issue of Popular Mechanics and is written by David Dunbar and Brad Reagan, responding to various 9/11 conspiracy theories."

(Source: wikipedia.org, 5/10)

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Decision Points

Decision Points

Crown Publishing
11/9/2004
512 pages

George W. Bush "In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor's Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11 in the gripping hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; inside the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century. The former President offers intimate, unprecedented details about his decision to quit drinking, his discovery of faith, and his relationships with his family. He writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his historic achievements in reforming education, providing life-saving treatments for HIV/AIDS and malaria for millions of people in Africa, safeguarding the country from another terrorist attack, and other areas."

(Source: crownpublishing.com; 3/11)

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Descent Into Chaos: The U.S. and the Disaster in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia

Descent into Chaos

Penguin (non-classics)
4//2009
560 pages

Ahmed Rashid "After September 11th , Ahmed Rashid's crucial book *Taliban* introduced American readers to that now notorious regime. In this new work, he returns to Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia to review the catastrophic aftermath of America's failed war on terror. Called "Pakistan's best and bravest reporter" by Christopher Hitchens, Rashid has shown himself to be a voice of reason amid the chaos of present-day Central Asia. *Descent Into Chaos*is his blistering critique of American policy-a dire warning and an impassioned call to correct these disasterous strategies before these failing states threaten global stability and bring devastDeation to our world. "

(Source: us.penguingroup.com, 10/11)

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Disarming Iraq

Disarming Iraq

Pantheon
3/9/2004
304 pages

Hans Blix "The war against Iraq divided opinion throughout the world and generated a maelstrom of spin and counterspin. The man at the eye of the storm, and arguably the only key player to emerge from it with his integrity intact, was Hans Blix, head of the UN weapons inspection team.This is Dr. Blix's account of what really happened during the months leading up to the declaration of war in March 2003. In riveting descriptions of his meetings with Tony Blair, Jacques Chirac, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and Kofi Annan, he conveys the frustrations, the tensions, the pressure and the drama as the clock ticked toward the fateful hour. In the process, he asks the vital questions about the war: Was it inevitable? Why couldn't the U.S. and UK get the backing of the other member states of the UN Security Council? Did Iraq have weapons of mass destruction? What does the situation in Iraq teach us about the propriety and efficacy of policies of preemptive attack and unilateral action? '"

(Source: randomhouse.com, 3/11)

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The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them

The Exception to the Rulers

Hyperion
1/1/2004
318 pages

Amy Goodman "Journalist and radio host Goodman brings her hard-hitting, no-holds-barred brand of reporting to an array of human rights, government accountability and media responsibility issues, and the result is bracing and timely. Goodman isn't about to let anyone slide by with easy explanations, not even then President Clinton when he called in on her daily Pacifica news show. And she is fierce and tireless in her commitment to dig behind official versions of the facts to get to very different stories. Her analysis of Iraq War contracts won by certain key Bush campaign donors will open many eyes, not only with its neat comparison of donation amount with contract value but also with its bold presentation of 'Crony Connections.'"

(Source: amazon.com, 5/10)

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The Far Enemy

The far enemy

Cambridge University Press
4/13/2009
400 pages
Fawaz A. Gerges "Fawaz Gerges' book on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement has become a classic in the field since it was published in 2005. In the intervening years, with the advance of the 'War on Terror' and the invasion of Iraq, much has changed and, just as Gerges showed, al Qaeda's fortunes have taken a significant downturn. Gerges demonstrates that not only have the jihadists split ranks, but that voices from within the ultra-religious right, those that previously supported al Qaeda, are condemning its tactics as violent, unethical, and out of accord with the true meaning of jihad. In fact, millions of Muslims worldwide have rejected al-Qaeda's ideology and strategies and blame Osama bin Laden and his cohorts for the havoc the organisation has wreaked on their communities. Al-Qaeda is now in the wilderness suffering massive erosion of authority and legitimacy in Muslim eyes and facing a fierce revolt from within. As Gerges warns, the next US administration would do well to use political and socio-economic strategies rather than military means to ensure that it stays there..'"

(Source: camebridge.org, 8/11)

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Fall of the House of Bush

Fall of the House of Bush

Simon & Schuster
11/2007
448 pages

Craig Unger "The presidency of George W. Bush has led to the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the United States--the bloody, unwinnable war in Iraq... Bush's fateful decision was rooted in events that began decades ago, and until now this story has never been fully told. From Craig Unger, the author of the bestseller House of Bush, House of Saud, comes a comprehensive, deeply sourced, and chilling account of the secret relationship between neoconservative policy makers and the Christian Right, and how they assaulted the most vital safeguards of America's constitutional democracy while pushing the country into the catastrophic quagmire in the Middle East that is getting worse day by day."

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Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq

Fiasco

Penguin Press
7/25/2006
439 pages

Thomas Ricks "Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq is a book by Washington Post Pentagon correspondent Thomas E. Ricks. Fiasco deals with the history of the Iraq War from the planning phase to combat operations to 2006 and argues that the war was badly planned and executed. Ricks based the book in part on interviews with military personnel involved in the planning and execution of the war. The book alleges that the planning of the Iraq war was mismanaged by both the Bush administration as well as the U.S. Army In 2009 Ricks published a sequel The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008."

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Forbidden Truth: U.S.-Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy And the Failed Hunt For Bin Laden

Forbidden Truth

Thunder's Mouth Press
3/2/2004
146 pages

Charles Brisard
and
Guillaume Dasquie
"An international bestseller, banned in Switzerland by the bin Laden family, FORBIDDEN TRUTH: U.S. -Taliban Secret Oil Diplomacy and the Failed Hunt for Bin Laden shows how U.S. national security in Afghanistan was disastrously compromised by corporate oil interests and Saudi Arabia. Author Brisard wrote the first intelligence report on the bin Laden financial networks which was used to close down fraudulent Islamic charities that funded terrorism, a report that President Jacques Chirac handed to George Bush on his visit to the US in the wake of 9/11. Forbidden Truth reveals that French intelligence gave the FBI clear and unambiguous information that the so-called 20th hijacker, Zacarias Massaoui, was tied to Al Qaeda, a story Brisard broke to Salon magazine before Special Agent Coleen Rowley came out publicly to say the FBI stifled the investigation."

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The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008

The Gamble

Penguin Press HC
2/10/2009
400 pages

Thomas Ricks "Thomas Ricks, the senior Pentagon correspondent at the Washington Post, has stayed on the story, and he returns with his second book on the war, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. As good (and influential) as Fiasco was, The Gamble may be even better, telling the remarkable story of how a few people inside and outside the Pentagon pushed the new strategy through against opposition across the political spectrum and throughout the military top brass, and then, even more remarkably, how soldiers put the difficult plan into action on the ground and managed to sharply reduce the chaotic violence in Iraq. But the story doesn't end there, and Ricks's bracing conclusion--that the American military, like it or not, will still have a necessary role in Iraq for years to come--makes it likely that this may not be the last book we have from him on the subject."

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Ghost Wars: The Secret history of the CIA, Afghanistan and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 11, 2001

Ghost Wars

Penguin Books
12/28/2004
588 pages

Steve Coll "Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, written by Steve Coll, published in 2004 by Penguin Press, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. The book describes the CIA's efforts in Afghanistan to include the covert paramilitary programs against the Soviet Union and the Taliban. It also includes detailed descriptions of operations that attempted to kill and/or capture Osama Bin Ladin before September 11, 2001 by commandos from the CIA's elite Special Activities Division."

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The Greatest Story Ever Sold

The Greatest Story Ever Sold

Penguin Group, Inc.
9/19/2006
352 pages

Frank Rich "New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Rich examines the trail of fictions manufactured by the Bush administration from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, exposing the most brilliant spin campaign ever waged. As only he can, acclaimed New York Times columnist Rich delivers a step-by-step chronicle of how skillfully the White House built its house of cards and how the institutions that should have exposed these fictions, the mainstream news media, were too often left powerless by the administration's relentless attack machine, their own post-9/11 timidity, and an unending parade of self-inflicted scandals (typified by those at The New York Times). Demonstrating the candor and conviction that have made him one of our most trusted and incisive public voices, Rich brilliantly and meticulously illuminates the White House's disturbing love affair with "truthiness," and the ways in which a bungled war, a seemingly obscure Washington leak, and a devastating hurricane at long last revealed the man-behind-the-curtain and the story that had so effectively been sold to the nation, as god-given patriotic fact."

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The Ground Truth

The Ground Truth

Riverhead Hardcover
9/8/2009
336 pages

Jack Farmer "Tape recordings, transcripts, and contemporaneous records that had been classified have been declassified, and the inspector general's investigations of government conduct have been completed. Drawing on his knowledge of those sources, Farmer reconstructs the truth of what happened on that fateful day and the disastrous circumstance that allowed it: the repeated, institutionalized disconnect between what those on the ground knew and what those in power did. He reveals terrifyingly -- and illuminatingly -- the key moments in the years, months, weeks, and days that preceded the attacks, then descends almost in real time through the attacks themselves, revealing them as they have never before been seen. Ultimately Farmer builds the inescapably convincing case that the official version not only is almost entirely untrue but serves to create a false impression of order and security."

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Growing Up bin Laden: Osama's Wife and Son Take Us Inside Their Secret World

Growing up Bin Laden

St. Martin's Griffin
12/2010
338 pages

Najwa bin Laden

Omar bin Laden

Jean Sasson
"From the New York Times bestselling author of Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. In their own words, Osama bin Laden's wife and son tell the astonishing story of the man they knew - or thought they knew - before September 11, 2001. The world knows Osama bin Laden as the most wanted terrorist of our time. But people are not born terrorists, and bin Laden has carefully guarded the details of his private life - until now, when his first wife and fourth-born son break the silence to take us inside his strange and secret world. In spine-tingling detail, Jean Sasson tells their story of life with a man whose growing commitment to violent jihad led him to move his wives and children from an orderly life to one of extreme danger, even choosing the teenage Omar to accompany him to the mountain fortress of Tora Bora."

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Hide and Seek: The Search for Truth in Iraq

Hide and Seek

PublicAffairs Books
2/2/2009
480 pages

Charles Duelfer "Charles Duelfer is one of the most senior intelligence officers with on-the-ground experience to have worked in Iraq before, during, and after the Gulf War. His 2004 CIA report is widely renowned as the most authoritative account on how the world was led to believe that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. But until now, Duelfer has never publicly shared his unrivaled expertise on just how the U.S.-Iraq relationship spiraled into a second war, and ultimately into chaos. Hide and Seek is his account-based on unparalleled access to Iraqi leadership, the White House, and the CIA-of the long and tragic unraveling of the U.S. relationship with Iraq. This book sees beyond the propaganda and deceits of both sides to tell the story of the miscalculations in assessing Iraq as a threat, why Saddam responded as he did to U.S. demands, and precisely how the U.S. implemented its decision to topple Saddam's regime."

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Holy War Inc: Inside the Secret World of Osama Bin Laden

holywarinc

Free Press
5/28/2008
320 pages

Peter Bergen "Holy War, Inc: Inside the Secret World of Bin Laden is a book by CNN investigative journalist and documentarian Peter Bergen. In the book, Bergen documents the life, career, and activities of Islamic terrorist Osama bin Laden and the jihadist network that he operates, Al-Qaeda. Bergen interviewed bin Laden in person with former CNN journalist Peter Arnett in Afghanistan in 1997."

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House of Bush, House of Saud

House of Bush

Scribner
9/28/2004
384 pages

Craig Unger "House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties explores the relationship between the Saudi Royal Family and the Bush extended political family. Unger asserts that the groundwork for today's terrorist movements and the modern wars that have sprung up about them was unintentionally laid more than 30 years ago with a series of business deals between the ruling Saudis and the powerful Bush family. The Saudis received investments and military protection in exchange for cooperation on lucrative oil deals. The author claims that the result has been a shady alliance between "the world's two most powerful dynasties. Controversial documentary filmmaker Michael Moore's 2004 picture 'Fahrenheit 9/11' draws heavily on arguments made in Unger's book."

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How We Missed the Story, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan

How We Missed the Story, Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and the Hijacking of Afghanistan

USIP Press Books
1/15/2008
304 pages

Roy Gutman "Focusing principally on events and policy missteps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s, award-winning journalist Roy Gutman weaves a narrative that exposes how and why the U.S. government, the United Nations, and the Western media "missed the story" in the leadup to 9/11. He advances this narrative carefully and persuasively and approaches his subject with an objective, journalistic eye, drawing heavily on his own original research and extensive interviews with key players both in the United States and abroad. Arguing that the U.S. government made a strategic mistake by categorizing bin Laden's murderous assaults prior to 9/11 as terrorism, he ultimately concludes that the core failure was in the field of U.S. foreign policy. Sure to attract a wide audience, this first-rate, deeply engaging volume makes a highly original contribution to our understanding of the events and mistakes that ultimately led to //11-and offers much-needed insight so that such a story is not missed again."

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Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War

Hubris

Crown Publishers
5/29/2007
435 pages

Michael Isikoff
and
David Corn
"Written by veteran reporters Isikoff and Corn, this is the inside story of how President Bush took the nation to war using faulty and fraudulent intelligence. It is a news-making account of conspiracy, backstabbing, bureaucratic ineptitude, journalistic malfeasance, and, especially, arrogance."

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Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Imperial Life

Vintage Books
9/4/2007
301 pages

Rajiv Chandrasekaran "Imperial Life in the Emerald City is an unprecedented account of life in Baghdad's Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas, and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. Drawing on hundreds of interviews and internal documents, Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran tells the story of the people and ideas that inhabited the Green Zone during the occupation, from the imperial viceroy L. Paul Bremer III to the fleet of twentysomethings hired to implement the idea that Americans could build a Jeffersonian democracy in an embattled Middle Eastern country."

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In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir

In my time

Threshold Editions
8/2011
576 pages

Dick Cheney "In this eagerly anticipated memoir, former Vice President Dick Cheney
delivers an unyielding portrait of American politics over nearly forty
years and shares personal reflections on his role as one of the most
steadfast and influential statesmen in the history of our country.
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Inside 9/11: What Really Happened

Inside 9/11

St. Martin's Paperbacks
9/16/2002
322 pages

Der Spiegel "The editors of Der Spiegel magazine have put together a comprehensive account of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The book is divided into several sections, including a chronology of the events of September 11 and background on the terrorists especially the years they spent in Hamburg, Germany. This well-researched effort is a chilling yet compelling study of the terrorists, their victims, and the loved ones left behind. The appendixes provide much reference material, including excerpts from the terrorists' manual, a list of the known terrorists, timetables for each of the hijacked planes, Mohamed Atta's will, and a transcript of part of the infamous Osama bin Laden videotape."

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Inside Al Qaeda

Inside Al Quaeda

Columbia University Press
2002
271 pages

Rohan Gunaratna "Inside Al Qaeda examines the leadership, ideology, structure, strategies, and tactics of the most violent politico-religious organization the world has ever seen. The definitive work on Al Qaeda, this book is based on five years of research, including extensive interviews with its members; field research in Al Qaeda-supported conflict zones in Central, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East; and monitoring Al Qaeda infiltration of diaspora and migrant communities in North America and Europe."

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The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible?

The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible?

Intersentia
10/2010
351 pages

M. Cherif Bassiouni "The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration: Is Anyone Responsible? is by M. Cherif Bassiouni, who received the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award in 2012, which is given by the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law. This book examines such questions as: Are the events of September 11, 2001, enough to have us reopen the question of whether the medieval practice of torture should be allowed? Are they enough to have its institutionalized practice undermine the integrity of the U.S. legal process and system of law, and to undermine the country's moral leadership in the world? The answer to these questions has to be a resounding and unqualified "no." The U.S. must, therefore, take quick and confident action to make amends and to hold responsible those who promoted a policy of torture."

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Intelligence Matters

Intelligence Matters

University Press of Kansas
9/2004
302 pages

Bob Graham "In this explosive, controversial, and profoundly alarming insider's report, Senator Bob Graham reveals faults in America's national security network severe enough to raise fundamental questions about the competence and honesty of public officials in the CIA, the FBI, and the White House. For ten years, Senator Graham served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he had access to some of the nation's most closely guarded secrets. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, Graham co-chaired a historic joint House-Senate inquiry into the intelligence community's failures. From that investigation and his own personal fact-finding, Graham discovered disturbing evidence of terrorist activity and a web of complicity."

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The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward-A New Approach

The Iraq Study Group Report

Filiquarian Publishing
11/7/2007
160 pages

James A. Baker III
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Lee H. Hamilton
"On March 15, 2006, members from both parties in Congress supported the creation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group to review the situation on the ground and propose strategies for the way forward. For more than eight months, the Study Group met with military officers, regional experts, academics, journalists, and high-level government officials from America and abroad. Participants included George W. Bush and members of his cabinet; Bill Clinton; Jalal Talabani; Nouri Kamal al-Maliki; Generals John Abizaid, George Casey, and Anthony Zinni; Colin Powell; Thomas Friedman; George Packer; and many others. This official edition contains the Group's findings and proposals for improving security, strengthening the new government, rebuilding the economy and infrastructure, and maintaining stability in the region. It is a highly anticipated and essential step forward for Iraq, America, and the world."

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A Journey

A Journey

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
9/2010
720 pages

Tony Blair "A Journey is Tony Blair's firsthand account of his years in office and beyond. Here he describes for the first time his role in shaping our recent history, from the aftermath of Princess Diana's death to the war on terror. He reveals the leadership decisions that were necessary to reinvent his party, the relationships with colleagues including Gordon Brown, the grueling negotiations for peace in Northern Ireland, the implementation of the biggest reforms to public services in Britain since 1945, and his relationships with leaders on the world stage-Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, George W. Bush. He analyzes the belief in ethical intervention that led to his decisions to go to war in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and, most controversially of all, in Iraq."

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Knowing the Enemy

Knowing the Enemy

Yale University Press
3/2007
256 pages

Mary Habeck "After September 11, Americans agonized over why nineteen men hated the
United States enough to kill three thousand civilians in an unprovoked
assault. Analysts have offered a wide variety of explanations for the
attack, but the one voice missing is that of the terrorists themselves.
This penetrating book is the first to present the inner logic of al-Qa’ida
and like-minded extremist groups by which they justify September 11 and
other terrorist attacks.'"

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Known and Unknown: a Memoir

Known and Unknown: a Memoir

Sentinel / Penguin Group
2/18/2011
815 pages

Donald Rumsfeld "Rumsfeld addresses the challenges and controversies of his illustrious career, from the unseating of the entrenched House Republican leader in 1965, to helping the Ford administration steer the country away from Watergate and Vietnam, to bruising battles over transforming the military for the 21st century, to the war in Iraq, to confronting abuse at Abu Ghraib and allegations of torture at Guantanamo Bay."

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Law's Detour

Law's Detour

NYU Press
4/26/2010
240 pages

Peter Margulies "From the Justice Department's memos defending coerced interrogation to Alberto Gonzales' firing of U.S. Attorneys who did not fit the Bush Administration's political needs, Law's Detour paints an alarming picture of the many detours that George W. Bush and his allies created to thwart transparency and undermine the rule of law after September 11, 2001. Pursuing those detours, Bush officials set up a law-free zone at Guantanamo, ordered massive immigration raids that separated families, and screened candidates for civil service jobs to ensure the hiring of 'real Americans.'"

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Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA

Legacy of Ashes

Random House
5/20/2008
601 pages

Tim Weiner "Tim Weiner offers the first definitive history of the CIA-and everything is on the record. Legacy of Ashes is based on more than 50,000 documents, primarily from the archives of the CIA itself, and hundreds of interviews with CIA veterans, including ten Directors of Central Intelligence. It takes the CIA from its creation after World War II, through its battles in the cold war and the war on terror, to its near-collapse after 9/ll."

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Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan

Little America

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
6/2012
384 pages

Rajiv Chandrasekaran "The author of the acclaimed bestseller and National Book Award finalist, Imperial Life in the Emerald City, tells the startling, behind-the-scenes story of the US’s political and military misadventure in Afghanistan in Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan. In this meticulously reported and illuminating book, Rajiv Chandrasekaran focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of President Obama’s surge, and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the president and a military that increasingly went its own way. The profound ramifications this political battle had on the region and the world are laid bare through a cast of fascinating characters—disillusioned and inept diplomats, frustrated soldiers, headstrong officers—who played a part in the process of pumping American money and soldiers into Afghan nation-building. What emerges in Little America is a detailed picture of unsavory compromise—warlords who were to be marginalized suddenly embraced, the Karzai family transformed from foe to friend, fighting corruption no longer a top priority—and a venture that became politically, financially, and strategically unsustainable."

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The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda

The Longest War

Fee Press
1/1/2011
473 pages

Peter Bergen "TEN YEARS HAVE PASSED since the shocking attacks on the World Trade Center, and after seven years of conflict, the last U.S. combat troops left Iraq—only to move into Afghanistan, where the ten-year-old fight continues: the war on terror rages with no clear end in sight. In The Longest War Peter Bergen offers a comprehensive history of this war and its evolution, from the strategies devised in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to the fighting in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond. Unlike any other book on this subject, here Bergen tells the story of this shifting war's failures and successes from the perspectives of both the United States and al-Qaeda and its allies. He goes into the homes of al-Qaeda members, rooting into the source of their devotion to terrorist causes, and spends time in the offices of the major players shaping the U.S. strategic efforts in the region. At a time when many are frustrated or fatigued with what has become an enduring multigenerational conflict, this book will provide an illuminating narrative that not only traces the arc of the fight but projects its likely future."

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The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

The Looming Tower

Vintage Books
8/21/2007
433 pages

Lawrence Wright "The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 is a historical look at the way in which Al-Qaeda came into being, the background for various terrorist attacks and how they were investigated, and the events that led to the 9/11-2001 terrorist attacks on the United States."

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Losing Bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror

Losing Bin Laden

The Regnery Publishing, Inc.
9/25/2004
241 pages

Rich Miniter "Years before the public knew about bin Laden, Bill Clinton did. Bin Laden first attacked Americans during Clinton's presidential transition in December 1992. He struck again at the World Trade Center in February 1993. Over the next eight years the archterrorist's attacks would escalate killing hundreds and wounding thousands. Investigative reporter Richard Miniter includes exclusive interviews with both of Clinton's National Security Advisors, Clinton's counter-terrorism czar, his first CIA director, his Secretary of State, his Secretary of Defense, top CIA and FBI agents, lawmakers from both parties and foreign intelligence officials from France, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as on the-scene coverage from Sudan, Egypt, and elsewhere. "

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The Military Error: Baghdad and Beyond in America's War of Choice

The Military Error

New York Review Books
8/12/2008
146 pages

Thomas Powers "Thomas Powers carefully explains in the essays collected here, how the administration made its case for war, using faulty intelligence to argue that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and posed a mounting threat to the Middle East. Once Iraq was occupied and the weapons turned out not to exist, the case for war seemed to disappear as well. Bit by bit the evidence-the documents suggesting that Iraq was trying to buy yellowcake uranium in Niger, the aluminum tubes that the United States claimed were meant for uranium enrichment, the Iraqi defector code-named Curveball who claimed Saddam had mobile biological weapons labs-has been exposed as unreliable, misinterpreted, "cherry-picked," exaggerated, or just fake. But as faulty as the intelligence was, it was always only a pretext, a way of persuading Congress, America, and the world to support a war that President Bush had already decided to wage."

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My FBI-Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror

My FBI

St. Martin's Griffin
9/15/2005
318 pages

Louis J. Freeh "Louis Freeh led the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1993 to 2001, through some of the most tumultuous times in its long history. This is the story of a life in law enforcement, and of one man's determined struggle to strengthen and reform the FBI while ensuring its freedom from political interference. Bill Clinton called Freeh a "law enforcement legend" when he nominated him as FBI Director. The good feelings would not last. Going toe-to-toe with his boss during the scandal-plagued '90s, Freeh fought hard to defend his agency from political interference and to protect America from the growing threat of international terrorism. When Clinton later called that appointment the worst one he had made as president, Freeh considered it "a badge of honor." This is Freeh's entire story, from his Catholic upbringing in New Jersey to law school, the FBI training academy, his career as a US District attorney and as a federal judge, and finally his eight years as the nation's top cop. This is the definitive account of American law enforcement in the run-up to September 11. Freeh is clear-eyed, frank, the ultimate realist, and he offers resolute vision for the struggles ahead."

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My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope

My Year in Iraq

Simon & Schuster
11/21/2006
432 pages

L. Paul Bremer
and
Malcolm McConnell
"My Year in Iraq is the only senior insider's perspective on the crucial period following the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime. In vivid, dramatic detail, Bremer reveals the previously hidden struggles among Iraqi politicians and America's leaders, taking us from the ancient lanes in the holy city of Najaf to the White House Situation Room and the Pentagon E-Ring."

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Never Again: Securing America and Restoring Justice

Never Again

Free Press
10/3/2006
294 pages

John Ashcroft "In Never Again, Ashcroft breaks his silence about historic events that transpired during his term of office--including the largest terrorist attack in U.S. history, the enactment and defense of the Patriot Act, the Robert Hanssen spy scandal, the execution of Timothy McVeigh, and the recently discovered domestic surveillance program authorized by President Bush. In this provocative book, readers will meet the man behind the title and hear his take on the dangers to and within America from outside forces, and what he did to repair the serious breaches in our country's security. Never Again is a fascinating and probing look at what Ashcroft believes will ultimately make America safe."

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The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism

The New Jackals

Vintage Books
6/27/2002
275 pages

Simon Reeve "When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the United States assisted in training the rebels fighting the Soviets. Reeve, an investigative journalist and freelance writer, explains how two men who eventually benefited from this military training have terrorized the world during the past decade. He argues that Ramzi Yousef, who masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Center, acted from a mixture of political and religious motives and shows that he was captured only through the hard work (and a little luck) of the FBI and other intelligence agencies around the world. Reeve also provides a better understanding of Osama bin Laden, who funds the terrorism movement and was responsible for the double U.S. Embassy bombing in Africa in 1998."

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The Next Attack: The Failure of the War on Terror and a Strategy for Getting it Right

The Next Attack

Owl Books / Henry Holt
2006
346 pages

Daniel Benjamin "Benjamin and Simon argue that America needs a far-reaching and creative new strategy in combating Islamic radicalism, one that recognizes the costs of over-militarizing the battle against terror while setting realistic priorities for homeland security. And in a new afterword, they show how the ideological conflict is deepening and spreading across an increasingly radicalized Muslim world. We ignore this warning at our peril."

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No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington

Crown Publishers
2011
766 pages

Condoleezza Rice "No Higher Honor takes the reader into secret negotiating rooms where the fates of Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Lebanon often hung in the balance, and it draws back the curtain on how frighteningly close all-out war loomed in clashes involving Pakistan-India and Russia-Georgia, and in East Africa. Surprisingly candid in her appraisals of various Administration colleagues and the hundreds of foreign leaders with whom she dealt, Rice also offers here keen insight into how history actually proceeds. In No Higher Honor, she delivers a master class in statecraft - but always in a way that reveals her essential warmth and humility, and her deep reverence for the ideals on which America was founded."

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Obama's Wars

Obama's Wars

Simon & Schuster
9/27/2010
464 pages

Bob Woodward "In Obama's Wars, Bob Woodward provides the most intimate and sweeping portrait yet of the young president as commander in chief. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward tells the inside story of Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan War, the secret campaign in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism. Woodward has discovered how the Obama White House really works, showing that even more tough decisions lie ahead for the cerebral and engaged president. Obama's Wars offers the reader a stunning, you-are-there account of the president, his White House aides, military leaders, diplomats and intelligence chiefs in this time of turmoil and danger."

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The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace

Yale University Press
3/18/2008
544 pages

Ali A. Allawi "In exile for more than 30 years, Allawi left a successful career in finance and Middle Eastern policy analysis to return to Iraq in 2003. During the next three years, he served as minister of trade, the first postwar civilian minister of defense, and a member of the transitional national government's legislative body. Allawi here draws on his multifaceted experience with the struggling American project in Iraq to document what went wrong and when. Although recognizing the deep roots of Iraq's internal strife and the extent to which the American invasion destroyed the fragile equilibrium holding the nation together under Saddam Hussein, Allawi emphasizes the more proximate causes of Iraq's decline, soberly cataloging dozens of missed opportunities and unintended consequences amid a culture of confusion, corruption, and administrative complacency. Avoiding quick-fix prescriptions, Allawi nevertheless somewhat tacitly suggests that the solution may involve a federalized and only minimally American Iraqi state that protects the rights of the Sunni minority without reversing the recent gains made by Shi'a and Kurdish groups."

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On the Brink: An Insider's Account of How the White House Compromised American Intelligence

On the Brink

Harper Paperbacks
11/6/2006
285 pages

Tyler Drumheller "The highest ranking CIA official yet to write a book about the current war in Iraq, retired officer Drumheller looks back on his 25 years in intelligence to lay bare the Bush administration's push toward invasion and its long-term impact on U.S. intelligence gathering capabilities. Central to Drumheller's argument is the familiar story of the White House's reliance on the testimony of an Iraqi defector (who came to be known as 'Curveball') in making its case for war; to that effect, there's much here that simply reiterates the critical chorus that 'policy was shaping the intelligence and not the other way around,' as do numerous recent Iraq war exposés. More interesting are the glimpses of well-known milestones in the run-up to the war, including a late-night call from CIA Director George Tenet the night before Colin Powell's infamous UN address, at which he presented Curveball's testimony on an Iraqi bioweapons program. Drumheller's book is a lucid account of the Bush administration's intelligence breakdown, hobbled only by its late arrival to the shelf."

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The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11

The One Percent Doctrine

Simon & Schuster
5/15/2007
353 pages

Ron Suskind "In this troubling portrait of the war on terror, America's intelligence agencies confront not just al-Qaeda but the Bush administration's politicized incompetence. Journalist Suskind (The Price of Loyalty) follows the triumphs and failures of the 'invisibles'-the counterterrorism experts at the NSA, the FBI and especially the CIA-as they painstakingly track terrorists' communications and financial transactions, interrogate prisoners and cultivate elusive al-Qaeda informants."

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Osama: The Making of a Terrorist

Osama

Anchor Books
9/13/2005
303 pages

Jonathan Randal "How is it possible for one middle-aged Saudi millionaire to threaten the world's only superpower? This is the question at the center of Jonathan Randal's riveting, timely account of Osama bin Laden's life and role in the rise of terrorism in the Middle East. Randal traces the current sources of Osama's money and tells us why the Iraq war has played into the hands of the terrorists, while also providing essential insight and background on the history of American involvement in the Middle East. With his long-maintained sources in the Middle East and his intimate understanding of the region, Randal gives us a clearer explanation than any we have had of the whys and wherefores of the world's most prominent and feared terrorist."

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The Osama bin Laden I Know: An Oral History of al Qaeda's Leader

The Osama bin Laden I Know

Simon & Schuster
8/8/2006
401 pages

Peter Bergen "The Osama Bin Laden I Know provides unprecedented insight into bin Laden's life and character drawing on the experiences of his most intimate acquaintances. What is it about bin Laden that draws hundreds of thousands of followers to him, and makes men willing to fly airplanes into buildings at his command? This timely and important work - the only book of its kind - gives readers their first true, enduring look at the man who has declared the West his greatest enemy."

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Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Oxford University Press.
2/17/2011
304 pages

Michael Scheuer "In this book, Scheuer provides a much-needed corrective--a hard-headed, closely reasoned portrait of bin Laden, showing him to be a figure of remarkable leadership skills, strategic genius, and considerable rhetorical abilities. The first head of the CIA's bin Laden Unit, where he led the effort to track down bin Laden, Scheuer draws from a wealth of information about bin Laden and his evolution from peaceful Saudi dissident to America's Most Wanted. Shedding light on his development as a theologian, media manipulator, and paramilitary commander, Scheuer makes use of all the speeches and interviews bin Laden has given as well as lengthy interviews, testimony, and previously untranslated documents written by those who grew up with bin Laden in Saudi Arabia, served as his bodyguards and drivers, and fought alongside him against the Soviets. The bin Laden who emerges from these accounts is devout, talented, patient, and ruthless; in other words, a truly formidable and implacable enemy of the West."

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Overcoming the Bush Legacy in Iraq and Afghanistan

Overcoming the Bush Legacy

Potomac Books, Inc.
3/31/2010
200 pages

Deepak Tripathi "The military adventure that George W. Bush embarked on within months of his inauguration in 2001 was to eclipse everything else in his presidency. His name will forever be synonymous with the "war on terror." What started as a military response to al Qaeda's attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11, with the goal of neutralizing al Qaeda and its Taliban hosts in Afghanistan, quickly fused with the neo-conservative agenda to dominate and reshape the Middle East. Iraq, and Pakistan. Deepak Tripathi, a former BBC correspondent who has kept a keen eye on the region for more than three decades, identifies systematically the naive calculations, strategic and operational blunders, disregard for history and for other cultures, and even downright prejudice that have brought so much harm to so many. The long-term price tag for America has been estimated at a colossal $3 trillion, but as Tripathi seeks to demonstrate, the overall cost, in human and economic terms, will be incalculable."

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Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Penguin / Viking
2012
256 pages

Ahmed Rashid "An urgent, on-the-ground report from Pakistan - from the bestselling author of Descent Into Chaos and Taliban Ahmed Rashid, one of the world's leading experts on the social and political situations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, offers a highly anticipated update on the possibilities - and hazards - facing the United States after the death of Osama bin Laden and as Operation Enduring Freedom winds down. With the characteristic professionalism that has made him the preeminent independent journalist in Pakistan for three decades, Rashid asks the important questions and delivers informed insights about the future of U.S. relations with the troubled region. His most urgent book to date, Pakistan on the Brink is the third volume in a comprehensive series that is a call to action to our nation's leaders and an exposition of this conflict's impact on the security of the world."

(Sources: barnesandnoble.com, 5/13)

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Perfect Soldiers: The 9/11 Hijackers: Who They Were, Why They Did It

Perfect Soldiers

Vanguard Press
8/15/2006
265 pages

Terry McDermott "Using research undertaken in twenty countries on four continents, Los Angeles Times correspondent Terry McDermott provides gripping, authoritative portraits of the main players in the 9/11 plot. With brilliant reporting and thoughtful analysis, McDermott brings us a clearer, more nuanced, and in some ways more frightening, understanding of the landmark event of our time."

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Plan of Attack

Plan of Attack

Simon & Schuster
10/5/2004
480 pages

Bob Woodard "Plan of Attack is a 2004 book by the well known US author and investigative reporter Bob Woodward. It was promoted as 'a behind-the-scenes account of how and why President [George W.] Bush decided to go to war against Iraq'. The book's chief contention, which provides the rationale for its title, is that President Bush planned from early in his presidency to remove Saddam Hussein from power by force, rather than making any serious effort to use diplomacy or other means. The book describes White House deliberations implying that if Saddam were removed from power without a military invasion, Iraq would need a foreign-implemented regime change. It focuses mainly on President Bush, Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, General Tommy Franks, and CIA Director George Tenet, as well as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair. Other fixtures are White House advisers such as Karen Hughes and Karl Rove."

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The Point of Departure: Why One of Britain's Leading Politicians Resigned over Tony Blair's Decision to Go to War in Iraq

The Point of Departure

Simon & Schuster
9/24/2007
365 pages

Robin Cook "On 17 March 2003, Robin Cook, Leader of the House of Commons and former Foreign Secretary, resigned from the Cabinet in protest against the coming war in Iraq. His resignation speech against that war prompted the first standing ovation in the history of the House and marked the end of the ministerial career of one of Labour's most brilliant politicians. For the two years prior to his resignation, Robin Cook kept a diary, a personal record of Labour's second term, that forms the core of this narrative. The Point of Departure is Robin Cook's unvarnished account of this dramatic period in British political history."

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The Presidency of George W. Bush: A First Historical Assessment

The Presidency of George W Bush

Princeton University Press
9/13/2010
398 pages

Julian E. Zelizer "The Presidency of George W. Bush brings together some of today's top American historians to offer the first in-depth look at one of the most controversial U.S. presidencies. Emotions surrounding the Bush presidency continue to run high--conservatives steadfastly defend its achievements, liberals call it a disgrace. This book examines the successes as well as the failures, covering every major aspect of Bush's two terms in office. It puts issues in broad historical context to reveal the forces that shaped and constrained Bush's presidency--and the ways his presidency reshaped the nation. Each chapter tackles some important aspect of Bush's administration--such as presidential power, law, the war on terror, the Iraq invasion, economic policy, and religion--and helps readers understand why Bush made the decisions he did. Taking readers behind the headlines of momentous events, the contributors show how the quandaries of the Bush presidency were essentially those of conservatism itself, which was confronted by the hard realities of governance. They demonstrate how in fact Bush frequently disappointed the Right, and how Barack Obama's 2008 election victory cast the very tenets of conservatism in doubt."

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A Pretext for War; 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

A Pretext for War

Anchor Books
4/22/2008
423 pages

James Bamford "In A Pretext for War, acclaimed author James Bamford-whose classic book The Puzzle Palace first revealed the existence of the National Security Agency-draws on his unparalleled access to top intelligence sources to produce a devastating expos? of the intelligence community and the Bush administration. A Pretext for War reveals the systematic weaknesses behind the failure to detect or prevent the 9/11 attacks, and details the Bush administration's subsequent misuse of intelligence to sell preemptive war to the American people. Filled with unprecedented new revelations, from the sites of 'undisclosed locations' to the actual sources of America's Middle East policy, A Pretext for War" is essential reading for anyone concerned about the security of the United States."

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The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neil

The Price of Loyalty

Simon & Schuster
5/15/2007
348 pages

Ron Suskind "A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter gives an explosive account of the inner workings of the George W. Bush administration, which he brands the most secretive White House of modern times."

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The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder

Vanguard Press
5/26/2008
249 pages

Vincent Bugliosi "In The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, Bugliosi presents a tight, meticulously researched legal case that puts George W. Bush on trial in an American courtroom for the murder of nearly 4,000 American soldiers fighting the war in Iraq. Bugliosi sets forth the legal architecture and incontrovertible evidence that President Bush took this nation to war in Iraq under false pretenses-a war that has not only caused the deaths of American soldiers but also over 100,000 innocent Iraqi men, women, and children; cost the United States over one trillion dollars thus far with no end in sight; and alienated many American allies in the Western world."

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Relentless Pursuit: The DSS and the Manunt for the Al-Qaeda Terrorists

Relentless Pursuit

Forge Books
9/13/2000
290 pages

Samuel Katz "In Relentless Pursuit, Samuel M. Katz reviews the escalating series of terrorist attacks on the US of the last decade and more and tells the gripping story of the DSS and its people, protecting us and our representatives here and abroad. Katz's detailed, personal, on-the-ground anecdotes bring home the contexts and linkages of the War on Terrorism that has been fought on our behalf by the DSS since the 1980s. Relentless Pursuit is a stirring tribute to an unsung group of brave Americans."

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The Reluctant Spy: My Secret Life in the CIA's War on Terror

The Reluctant Spy

Bantam Books
3/16/2010
193 pages

John Kiriakou "Retired CIA agent Kiriakou tells an engrossing story and delivers some strong opinions. Kiriakou earned a degree in Middle Eastern studies, but jobs in this field were scarce in 1988, so he listened when a favorite professor suggested applying to the CIA. As an analyst at the Iraqi-Kuwaiti desk, he oversaw intelligence during Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. By the late '90s, yearning for action, Kiriakou transferred from analysis to operations. There followed a stormy tour in terrorist-ridden Greece and the peak of his career after 9/11 as chief of counterterrorism in Pakistan, where he led a raid that captured an al-Qaeda chief. Except for a hair-raising account of the Bush administration's enthusiasm for torture, the account winds down in its final third when the author returns to the U.S., resigning in 2004."

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The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire, and the Future of America

The Road to 9/11

University of California
7/31/2008
266 pages

Peter Dale Scott "This is an ambitious, meticulous examination of how U.S. foreign policy since the 1960s has led to partial or total cover-ups of past domestic criminal acts, including, perhaps, the catastrophe of 9/11. Peter Dale Scott probes how the policies of presidents since Nixon have augmented the tangled bases for the 2001 terrorist attack. Scott shows how America's expansion into the world since World War II has led to momentous secret decision making at high levels. He demonstrates how these decisions by small cliques are responsive to the agendas of private wealth at the expense of the public, of the democratic state, and of civil society. He shows how, in implementing these agendas, U.S. intelligence agencies have become involved with terrorist groups they once backed and helped create, including al Qaeda."

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Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy

Rumsfeld: His Rise, Fall and Catastrophic Legacy

Scribner
2/2007
256 pages
Andrew Cockburn "Donald Rumsfeld, who as secretary of defense oversaw the army, navy, air force, and marines from 2001 to December 2006, is widely blamed for the catastrophic state of America's involvement in Iraq. In his groundbreaking book Rumsfeld, Washington insider Andrew Cockburn details Rumsfeld's decisions in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also shows how his political legacy stretches back decades and will reach far into the future.

Relying on sources that include high-ranking officials in the Pentagon and the White House, Rumsfeld goes far beyond previous accounts to reveal a man consumed with the urge to dominate each and every human encounter, and whose aggressive ambition has long been matched by his inability to display genuine leadership or accept responsibility for egregious error. Cockburn exposes Rumsfeld's early career as an Illinois congressman, his rise to prominence as an official in the Nixon White House, his careful maneuvering to avoid the fallout of the Watergate scandal, and his skillful infighting as secretary of defense under President Ford. Cockburn also chronicles for the very first time Rumsfeld's subsequent tenure as CEO of G. D. Searle (and his devoted efforts to get governmental approval for the controversial artificial sweetener aspartame) as well as his interesting behavior in secret high-level government nuclear war games in the years he was out of power.

President George W. Bush's hasty elevation of Rumsfeld as his secretary of defense proved historic, for it was the triumvirate of Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Rumsfeld who plunged America into the disastrous quagmire of the war in Iraq. Cockburn reveals how Rumsfeld's habits of intimidation, indecision, ignoring awkward realities, destructive micromanagement, and bureaucratic manipulation all helped doom America's military adventure. The book challenges the notion that Rumsfeld was an effective manager driven to transform the American military, examines the reasons that Rumsfeld was removed from office, and shows how his second appointment as secretary of defense reflects a deep conflict between President Bush and his father, former president George H. W. Bush.

Brimming with powerful revelations, Rumsfeld is sure to emerge as the must-have piece of investigative journalism as America grapples with its difficult involvement in Iraq and the uncertain path the country faces today."

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Saddam: His Rise and Fall

Saddam

Harper Perennial
2002
378 pages

Con Coughlin "Drawing on an unparalleled network of sources, contacts, and firsthand testimonies, Coughlin takes us to the center of Saddam Hussein's complex, bewildering regime--and beyond. Fully updated and revised, Saddam: His Rise and Fall meticulously describes how Hussein took power and immediately set about controlling every aspect of Iraqi life. Coughlin examines Hussein's regime both before and after its fall, exploring the contradictions of Saddam's private life: his sponsoring of Islamic fundamentalism. With evidence from family members, servants, and staff, Saddam: His Rise and Fall is unique in its close-up representation of this elusive and secretive world."

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Saddam's Secrets

Saddam's Secrets

Integrity Publishers
1/1/2006
309 pages

Georges Hormuz Sada "Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of Saddam Hussein's tyranny, including confirmation of the existence and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. Despite being a Christian and refusing to join the Baath Party, Sada was promoted to Saddam's inner circle for his honest advice. The book has an unexpectedly religious angle, being slightly Christian-centric and paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. Regardless, Sada blames Saddam for destroying Iraq, but remains hopeful the nation will have a chance to become a modern society, fulfilling its great historical legacy."

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The Search for al Qaeda: Its Leadership, Ideology, and Future

The Search for al Qaeda

Brookings Institution Press
9/1/2008
154 pages

Bruce Riedel "Riedel, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and senior adviser on the Middle East to three past presidents, reviews how al-Qaeda has flourished since the September 11 attacks with franchises mushrooming around the world. The author surveys al-Qaeda's origins, workings and key members and introduces fresh information about the organization's ideology and future plans. Riedel warns against conflating the war against al-Qaeda with the current war in Iraq (the president chose to declare war not on al Qaeda, but on 'terrorism, a concept that he and Vice President Dick Cheney arrived at by confusing 9/11 with Saddam Hussein's Iraq) and demonstrates how U.S. actions compound the public's ignorance and vulnerability."

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The Secret History of al Qaeda

The Secret History of al Qaeda

University of California Press
10/2/2006
256 pages

Abdel Bari Atwan ""Drawing on unparalleled access to Osama bin Laden and his key associates, journalist Abdel Bari Atwan gives an incisive and timely account, the clearest we have so far, of the rise of the notorious terrorist organization, al Qaeda. In this lively narrative, the author establishes what al Qaeda is or has become, what it wants, what its capabilities are, and how the West can answer its complaints and challenges. He takes an in-depth look at bin-Laden, presenting a nuanced portrait of the man and a description of his development as the prime exponent of jihad today. Atwan reveals how al Qaeda's radical departure from the classical terrorist/guerilla blueprint has enabled less adaptable efforts to neutralize it. The fanaticism of its fighters, and their willingness to kill and be killed, are matched by the leadership's opportunistic recruitment strategies and sophisticated understanding of psychology, media and new technology-including the use of the Internet for training, support and communications. The Secret History of al Qaeda reveals events in Iraq and Saudi Arabia as watershed moments in the organization's evolution that are making it more dangerous by the day. Atwan efficiently charts how the concept of jihad is being refined and appropriated, how a new kind of leader has been made possible by al Qaeda's horizontal chain of command, the making of the suicide bomber as a permanent feature of a global holy war, al Qaeda's economic strategy, and how the war in Iraq has transformed that country into a breeding ground for the most ruthless and militant al Qaeda fighters to date. "

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The Secret Sentry

The Secret Sentry

Bloomberg Press
6/9/2009
432 pages

Matthew M. Aid "In February 2006, while researching this book, Matthew Aid uncovered a massive and secret document reclassification program--a revelation that made the front page of the New York Times. This was only one of the discoveries Aid has made during two decades of research in formerly top-secret documents. In The Secret Sentry, Aid provides the first-ever full history of America's largest security apparatus, the National Security Agency. This comprehensive account traces the growth of the agency from 1945 to the present through critical moments in its history, from the cold war up to its ongoing involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. Aid explores the agency's involvement in the Iraqi weapons intelligence disaster, where evidence that NSA officials called "ambiguous" was used as proof of Iraqi WMD capacity, and details the intense debate within the NSA over its unprecedented role, pressed by the Bush-Cheney administration, in spying on U.S. citizens."

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See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism

See No Evil

Three Rivers Press
5/31/2002
279 pages

Robert Baer "In his explosive New York Times bestseller, top CIA operative Robert Baer paints a chilling picture of how terrorism works on the inside and provides startling evidence of how Washington politics sabotaged the CIA's efforts to root out the world's deadliest terrorists, allowing for the rise of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and the continued entrenchment of Saddam Hussein in Iraq."

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The Shadow Factory: The NSA from 9/11 to Eavesdropping on America

The Shadow Factory


Anchor Books
7/14/2009
345 pages

James Bamford "In The Shadow Factory, James Bamford's important and disturbing new book about the NSA, we learn that as the general spoke, two of bin Laden's men already had arrived on American soil and were taking flying lessons. We also learn that, contrary to the implication of Hayden's testimony, the NSA was intercepting their communications. A few months earlier the huge agency, based at Fort Meade, Md., 27 miles outside of Washington, had begun surveillance of a bin Laden operations center in Sana'a, Yemen. This was not just another intercept: Bin Laden had declared war on the United States, his organization had bombed our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the NSA had good reason to suspect that he was plotting more attacks. As the 9/11 Commission later established, U.S. intelligence officials knew that al-Qaeda had held a planning meeting in Malaysia, found out the names of two recruits who had been present -- Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi -- and suspected that one and maybe both of them had flown to Los Angeles. Bamford reveals that the NSA had been eavesdropping for months on their calls to Yemen, yet the agency 'never made the effort' to trace where the calls originated."

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Sleeping With the Devil

Sleeping With the Devil


Three Rivers Press
5/25/2004
272 pages

Robert Baer "In his blustering second book, former CIA officer Baer targets Saudi Arabia's corrupt leadership and cozy relationship with Washington. He argues that because the Saudis pay vast sums to powerful Americans, often in the form of lucrative defense contracts, those U.S. agencies that could help stop terrorism are thwarted by their own side. While Baer's attacks on Washington's 'consent of silence' sometimes beg for clarification, his many working years in the Middle East and Central Asia give him great believability, and he makes a strong case that Saudi Arabia-with skyrocketing birth rates, growing unemployment, a falling per capita income and a corrupt ruling family draining the public coffers-is a powder keg waiting to explode."

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Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell


Alfred A. Knopf
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10/6/2006
624 pages

Karen DeYoung "Washington Post reporter DeYoung covers Powell's entire career in this nuanced, comprehensively researched first complete biography to bring to life the Jamaican immigrants' son who became chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of state and a widely supported potential candidate for president. DeYoung presents her subject as above all a soldier, with an ethic of honor and service shaped by his career in the U.S. Army, during which he brought a combination of intellectual force and moral courage to his senior military appointments that distinguished him among his contemporaries. DeYoung, who obtained six in-depth interviews with Powell, explains that he wrestled with whether or not he had the duty to run for president in 2000, but ultimately realized he didn't want the presidency from the 'depth of [his] stomach or soul.' She correspondingly demonstrates that his continuing commitment to public service drove his ascension to secretary of state—a commitment that was strained to the limit during Powell's four years in office. DeYoung paints a favorable but balanced portrait of Powell, and she avoids using him as an instrument for Bush-bashing. Powell emerges from her account as a person who grew to meet his wider responsibilities."

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Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq

Squandered Victory

Holt Paperbacks; First Edition edition
3/21/2006
416 pages

Larry Diamond "In the fall of 2003, Stanford professor Larry Diamond received a call from Condoleezza Rice, asking if he would spend several months in Baghdad as an adviser to the American occupation authorities. Diamond had not been a supporter of the war in Iraq, but he felt that the task of building a viable democracy was a worthy goal. But when he went to Iraq, his experiences proved to be more of an education than he bargained for. Squandered Victory is Diamond's provocative and vivid account of how the American effort to establish democracy in Iraq was hampered not only by insurgents and terrorists but also by a long chain of miscalculations, missed opportunities, and acts of ideological blindness that helped assure that the transition to independence would be neither peaceful nor entirely democratic. And in a new Afterword for the paperback edition, Diamond shows how the ongoing instability in Iraq is a direct result of the shortsighted choices made during the fourteen months of the American occupation and the subsequent Iraqi interim government."

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State of Denial

State of Denial

Simon & Schuster
9/3/2007
491 pages

Bob Woodward "After two #1 New York Times bestsellers on the Bush administrations wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Woodwards latest book on the Bush White House again provides an unparalleled, intimate account of the present state of national security decision-making."

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State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration

State of War

Free Press
10/24/2006
232 pages

James Risen "Risen's new book, State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration describes the National Security Agency's practices of monitoring communication in the United States. The book also delves into the deeper relationship between the president and the CIA - particularly in terms of his aspirations in Iraq. In his account, Risen describes President Bush as being bent on war in Iraq, not least because he sought to do the job better than the United States - and his father - had done in 1991."

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Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy

Oxford University Press
2011
276 Pages

Susan N. Herman "In this eye-opening work, the president of the ACLU takes a hard look at the human and social costs of the War on Terror. A decade after 9/11, it is far from clear that the government's hastily adopted antiterrorist tactics - such as the Patriot Act - are keeping us safe, but it is increasingly clear that these emergency measures in fact have the potential to ravage our lives - and have already done just that to countless Americans."

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Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil and Fundamentalism in Central Asia, Second
Edition

Taliban

Yale University Press
2/2000
288 pages

Ahmed Rashid "Correspondent Ahmed Rashid brings the shadowy world of the Taliban—the
world’s most extreme and radical Islamic organization—into sharp focus in this enormously insightful book. He offers the only authoritative account of the Taliban available to English-language readers, explaining the Taliban’s rise to power, its impact on Afghanistan and the region, its role in oil and gas company decisions, and the effects of changing American
attitudes toward the Taliban. He also describes the new face of Islamic fundamentalism and explains why Afghanistan has become the world center for international terrorism."

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The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

The Terror Presidency

W. W. Norton & Company
4/13/2009
238 pages

Jack Goldsmith "Goldsmith, head legal counsel to President Bush, found many legal opinions, especially those regulating the treatment of prisoners, were deeply flawed. His analysis shows why Bushs apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and perhaps his standing in history."

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The Test of Our Times: American Under Siege...And How We Can Be Safe Again

The Test of Our Times

Thomas Dunne Books
9/1/2009
277 pages

Tom Ridge
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Lary Bloom
"Appointed by the President to head up domestic security, Ridge established the Department of Homeland Security. In this probing and surefooted memoir, Ridge takes us through the challenges he and his new department faced, including Anthrax scares and reports (both real and false alarms) of new Al-Qaeda operations sprouting up in the United States. He details the obstacles faced in his new post-often within the administration itself-as well as the failures of Congress to provide for critical homeland security needs, and the irresponsible use of terrorism by both parties to curry favors with voters. Finally, Ridge offers a prescriptive look to the future, advocating ways that America may reaffirm its safety-including his provocative support for a national ID card program and for comprehensive immigration reform-without sacrificing personal liberty."

(Source: macmillan.com, 5/10)

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Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America

Through Our Enemies' Eyes

Potomac Books
11/19/2007
297 pages

Michael Scheuer "Here 'a senior U.S. civil servant with two decades of experience in the U.S. intelligence community's work on Afghanistan and South Asia' argues that the U.S. was unprepared for September 11 because 'our own naivet', and insularity led us to underestimate the complexity and determination of our adversaries.' Examining bin Laden's words and his leadership qualities, the author says that Al Qaeda remains largely intact and that its next attack will be more lethal than September 11."

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A Time of Our Choosing: America's War in Iraq

A Time of Our Choosing

Times Books
9/9/2003
352 pages

Todd S. Purdum "A Time of Our Choosing is the authoritative and dramatic account of the war in Iraq, America's most controversial war since Vietnam, drawing on the unparalleled resources and reportage of The New York Times. Todd S. Purdum, one of the paper's most gifted writers, deftly rolls out the whole canvas before our eyes, weaving together a single, gripping tale. Purdum traces the story of the war from the first rumblings after 9/11 to the diplomatic tussles at the United Nations, to the battles themselves and the violence that lasted well beyond the cessation of formal hostilities. And in a new afterword he recounts the high drama of the capture of Saddam Hussein and pursues the persistent questions regarding weapons of mass destruction, flawed intelligence, and preemptive war. President George W. Bush has vowed that the United States would attack its enemies at "a time of our choosing," and Purdum shows in vivid terms what this choice has meant for our now transformed world."

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Trapped in the War on Terror
A Time of Our Choosing

University of Pennsylvania Press
9/1/2006
200 pages
Ian S. Lustick "Trapped in the War on Terror questions the very rationale for the War on Terror. By analyzing the virtual absence of evidence of a terrorist threat inside the United States along with the motives and strategic purposes of al-Qaeda, Lustick shows how disconnected the War on Terror is from the real but remote threat terrorism poses. A whirlwind of fear, failure, and recrimination, this "war" drags every interest group and politician, he argues, into selfish competition for its spoils. Using the experiences from the Cold War as a blueprint, this book points the way forward - not toward victory in the War on Terror but to victory over it. The first and most difficult step toward that victory is to know the enemy. In large measure it means understanding how al-Qaeda is making us our own worst enemy."

(Source: upenn.edu/pennpress, 8/11)

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Triple Cross: How Bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI-and Why Patrick Fitzgerald Failed to Stop Him

Triple Cross

Regan Books
9/5/2006
483 pages

Peter Lance "Triple Cross is award-winning investigative reporter Peter Lance's chilling true account of the career of the master spy known to his al Qaeda brothers as 'Ali the American'-an explosive narrative revealing the gaping holes in our nation's security net. Finally, coming off his previous FBI expose, Cover Up, Lance also chronicles the collapse of the Brooklyn murder trial of former FBI agent Lin DeVecchio, a case that could well have revolutionized public understanding of the background of 9/11."

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The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry-and What We Must Do to Stop It

The Tyranny of Oil

HarperCollins Publishers
10/7/2008
398 pages

Antonia Juhasz "In this thorough, readable takedown of Big Oil, the most profitable industry in the world, Juhasz (The Bush Agenda) exposes the ways in which a half dozen oil companies have achieved control over American families and U.S. politics, triggering environmental and humanitarian catastrophes they have no intention of resolving. Debunking industry claims over recent oil price escalation, Juhasz exposes how Big Oil has used techniques like speculative futures markets and the 'Enron Loophole'--along with massive operations opacity--to reap record profits year after year while growing their political influence; indeed, Juhasz locates the current 'oiligarchy' making 'the most pressing decisions of our time' from inside George W. Bush's White House, crafting policy and advocating war."

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Wanting War: Why the Bush Administration Invaded Iraq

Wanting War

Potomac Books, Inc.
1/31/2010
177 pages

Jeffrey Record "Wanting War is the first comprehensive analysis of the often contradictory reasons why President George W. Bush went to war in Iraq and of the war's impact on future U.S. armed intervention abroad. Though the White House sold the war as a necessity to eliminate an alleged Iraqi threat, other agendas were at play. Drawing on new assessments of George W. Bush's presidency, recent memoirs by key administration decision makers, and Jeffrey Record's own expertise on U.S. military interventions since World War II, Wanting War contends that Bush's invasion of Iraq was more about the arrogance of post-Cold War American power than it was about Saddam Hussein. Operation Iraqi Freedom was a demonstration of American power, especially the will to use it."

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War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism

War and Decision

Regan Books
4/8/2008
528 pages

Douglas Feith "In War and Decision, former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith puts readers in the room with President Bush, Vice President Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, and others as they considered how to prevent another 9/11. Drawing on thousands of previously undisclosed written sources, Feith offers the first inside view of these events as they unfolded. Through vivid narrative, frank analysis, and elegant writing, his account forever changes our understanding of this challenging era."

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War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror

War by Other Means

Atlantic Monthly Press
9/8/2006
246 pages

John Yoo "As a former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, Yoo was in the center of the debate over where President Bush's administration draws the line on the torture of detained terrorism suspects. He revisits that and other controversies in the war on terror, from NSA wiretapping to the legal status of 'enemy combatants.' The cornerstone of Yoo's argument is his belief that as commander-in-chief, the president has broad powers 'to act forcefully and independently to repel serious threats to the nation.' Even the formal declaration of war by Congress has become archaic; Yoo argues that America is at war whenever the president decides the military can 'do what must be done.' Unambiguous and combative, Yoo's philosophy is sure to spark further debate."

(Source: amazon.com, 5/10)

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The War in Iraq-A Failure of Honesty

The War in Iraq-A Failure of Honesty

BookSurge Publshing
11/11/2008
262 pages

Philip Taylor "After the invasion of Iraq there were no WMD's found. The leaders of the Coalition explained this by blaming the Intelligence Community. Since then a large number of top secret government documents were either leaked to the press, or declassified under Freedom of Information. These documents show the way in which officials from the United States, Britain and Australia misled and deceived their people and the international community. An example of this is a Blair government internal memo written one year before the invasion. A range of evidence is presented in a detached and impartial manner, so that the reader can make up their own mind."

(Source: amazon.com, 5/10)

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War of Necessity, War of Choice

War of Necessity, War of Choice

Simon & Schuster
5/18/2010
368 pages

Richard Haass "War of Necessity, War of Choice--part history, part memoir--provides invaluable insight into some of the most important recent events in the world. It also provides a much needed compass for how the United States can apply the lessons learned from the two Iraq wars so that it is better positioned to put into practice what worked and to avoid repeating what so clearly did not. Indeed, in a new preface to this paperback edition, Haass argues that Afghanistan has become a war of choice. Doing more militarily may not result in lasting improvements in the security situation that are commensurate with the costs."

(Source: borders.com, 12/10)

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The War Over Iraq

The War Over Iraq

Encounter Books
2/25/2003
125 pages

Lawrence F. Kaplan
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William Kristol
"In this slim, well-argued book, Kristol and Kaplan, a senior editor at the New Republic, cogently make the case for a U.S. invasion of Iraq. The rationale behind the Bush administration's preemptive strategy, they write, is that Saddam Hussein is a dictator who threatens both his own people and the world, and therefore must be stopped before he does further harm. The weaknesses in the authors' case are the same as many find in the administration's-such as that the ties between Saddam and al-Qaeda are unclear, which Kristol and Kaplan acknowledge. But, they continue, 'we do know that Saddam is a terrorist.' Just as importantly, the book criticizes the policy of both the latter years of the first Bush administration and the Clinton years for allowing the Iraq threat to fester. Both governments had their reasons-Bush I's pragmatism and Clinton's focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict-but the world is much worse off, say Kristol and Kaplan. The background for a case for a U.S. strike is articulated well here."

(Source: amazon.com, 5/10)

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The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008

The War Within

Simon & Schuster
9/8/2008
490 pages

Bob Woodward "This is Woodward's fourth book about Bush as a war President, and, if the previous one, State of Denial, might have been called Iraq: The Lost Years, the latest is all about rehab. Again and again, officials, diplomats, and military men stage interventions, to make the President address the impending collapse of his war. Woodward is maddened by Bush's impassivity and his lack of honesty with the public. Claiming that the Iraq surge has got credit that should have gone to other factors (including a secret program whose details he can't divulge), Woodward finds scant evidence that the Administration has a plan to exploit the recent fall in violence to achieve a political settlement or victory a term that, when pressed, the President is unable to define."

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The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

The Way of the World

HarperCollins Publishers
8/5/2008
398 pages

Ron Suskind "Suskind's take on the downfall of America's authority begins with what led to the attacks on September 11 and charts the country's subsequent tarnished international identity. Tackling tough issues with historic disclosures (including the accusation that members of the U.S. government forged documents and lied to win approval for going to war in Iraq), the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Wall Street Journal reporter offers compelling and provocative stories."

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What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception

What Happened

Public Affairs Press
5/28/2008
368 pages

Scott McClellan "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception is the #1 New York Times bestseller of Scott McClellan, who served as White House Press Secretary from 2003 until 2006 under President George W. Bush. The book was scheduled to be released on June 2, 2008; however, excerpts were released to the press a week before publication. The book quickly became a media sensation for its candid, insider's critique of the Bush administration and ran as a leading story on most top news outlets days after the content became public."

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Why America Slept: The Failure to Prevent 9/11

Why America Slept

Ballantine Books
8/31/2004
216 pages

Gerald Posner "Why America Slept lays to rest two years of conjecture about what led up to the worst terror attacks in America's history. This breakthrough book presents an infuriating review of how incompetence and misplaced priorities made America an easy target for terrorists."

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Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?

Will Terrorists Go Nuclear

Prometheus Books
9/23/2008
378 pages

Brian Michael Jenkins "A leading expert on terrorism and a senior adviser at the RAND Corporation, Jenkins (Unconquerable Nation) addresses the contentious issue of nuclear terror in this exhaustive study that seeks to separate what we fear from what we might reasonably expect. The author traces the debate over nuclear terror from the Cold War to its contemporary nexus with al-Qaeda, noting that 9/11 renewed all the old debates and significantly altered our perceptions of what was plausible. While acknowledging al-Qaeda's efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, Jenkins points out that the evidence confirms...ambition, not capability or the knowledge to fabricate a nuclear device. Jenkins's ambitious goal seems to be not to downplay the nuclear threat posed by terrorists but to get Americans to address it logically and dispassionately; his thoroughly documented and carefully reasoned study is an important step in that direction."

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Wiser in Battle

Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story

HarperCollins Publishers
5/6/2008
512 pages

Ricardo S. Sanchez "In his groundbreaking new memoir, Wiser in Battle, Lieutenant General Ricardo S. Sanchez, former commander of coalition forces in Iraq, reports back from the front lines of the global war on terror to provide a comprehensive and chilling exploration of America's historic military and foreign policy blunder. With unflinching candor, Sanchez describes the chaos on the Iraqi battlefield caused by the Bush administration's misguided command of the military, as well as his own struggle to set the coalition on the path toward victory. Sanchez illuminates the fallout of the communication breakdown between the leadership on the front and the politicians in Washington. He provides an insider's account of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, explaining the circumstances that led to the abuses, who perpetrated them, and what the formal investigations revealed—all the while reflecting on America's objectionable use of torture and the grave need for the country's leadership to pursue an ethical course of action in the war on terror. Sanchez also details the cynical use of the Iraq War for political gain in Washington and shows how the pressure of an around-the-clock news cycle drove and distorted critical battle decisions, such as troop drawdowns, the fight for Fallujah, and the transfer of sovereignty."

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Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission

Without Precedent

Vintage Books
4/24/2007
344 pages

Thomas Kean
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Lee Hamilton
"A re-creation of the inner workings of a government commission threatens to be a dry bureaucratic procedural, but the 9/11 Commission was so politically fraught that its story is compelling in its own right. Chairman Kean and vice-chair Hamilton detail the commission's fight with Congress for more money and time; its wranglings with the Bush administration to win access to witnesses and classified documents; its delicate relations with victims' families, who were its harshest critics and staunchest champions; its strategic use of public censure to wring concessions from recalcitrant officials; and the forging of a bipartisan consensus among fractious Republican and Democratic commissioners. The issues the commission wrestled with-official incapacity to prevent disaster, the government's use and misuse of intelligence, presidential accountability-are still in the headlines, which makes this lucid, absorbing account of its work very timely."

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A Vulcan's Tale

The Wrong War

Brookings Institution Press
5/2/2011
320 pages
Dov S. Zakheim "A firsthand account of how the Bush administration mismanaged its Afghan campaign, A Vulcan's Tale shines new and important light on the events and people behind the headlines in the immediate years following the September 11 attacks. Zakheim draws on his own participation and intimate knowledge to analyze how the United States missed critical opportunities while it struggled to manage two wars, particularly the seemingly endless endeavor in Afghanistan. A Vulcan's Tale is an authoritative, candid but fair account of how a wise and admirable goal can be waylaid by insufficient funding and ineffective coordination, with the result of faulty—or, at best, incomplete—implementation."

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The Wrong War

The Wrong War

Random House
2/22/2011
336 pages

Bing West "America cannot afford to lose the war in Afghanistan, and yet Americans cannot win it. In this definitive account of the conflict, acclaimed war correspondent and bestselling author Bing West provides a practical way out. Drawing on his expertise as both a combat-hardened Marine and a former assistant secretary of defense, West has written a tour de force narrative that shows the consequences when strategic theory meets tactical reality."

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