The Dark Side by Jane Mayer
In The Dark Side, the investigative journalist Jane Mayer presents a broadside, perhaps the harshest yet offered, against the Bush administration’s conduct of the war on terror. Her bill of indictment is comprehensive.
After the shock of 9/11, Mayer writes, our government “panicked,” precipitously deciding to “transform the fight against terrorism from a criminal-justice matter to a full-fledged military war.” In prosecuting this war, the administration, led by Vice President Dick Cheney and a few gung-ho advisers, assumed executive powers that were historically and legally unprecedented, and then used them in horrifying ways.
About the Author
Clifford D. May, a former New York Times foreign correspondent, is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.