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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    Recommended to understand the what has been done to fight terrorism

    Agree or not with the actions taken, this book provides a wide range of torture examples sanctioned and authorized by U.S. officials along with the outcome of the information gathered.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Did we give away our allies, laws, and moral high ground?

    Mayer tells her story slowly, deliberately, carefully placing interview upon interview until we are faced with a pile of facts so distastful that it is difficult to imagine we turned faces away for so long. It is true we "didn't know," but the secrecy surrounding the internal operations of the White House is no excuse for allowing what we all may have suspected--that we were losing our moral high ground in the war against terror by stooping so low as to disregard our own, and international laws, in order to fight a virally-organized group of people that hated us for our excesses--the very excesses we were proving to be unequivocably true.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

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    fascinating

    the dark side is a tremendously important book----reveals all the secrets and lies of the bush regime. sorts out a murky and hard to understand trail of events that led to america's use of torture.----once i started, i couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2009

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    Many reviewers have written that Mayer is too biased in her writing. She is being biased, but that is the point of her persuasive literary work. True, if this were a journalistic piece in a newspaper or magazine, it would be inappropriately pointed, but she has written a book whose aim is to persuade its readers into her viewpoint. Obviously she will use facts which support her case while ommitting most facts that hinder her case. She has every right to produce and persuade readers - it speaks of her inspiring confidence and conviction.

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