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Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his explosive stories in The New Yorker, including his headline-making pieces on the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now, Hersh brings together what he has learned, along with new reporting, to answer the critical question of the last four years: How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war ...

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Chain of Command

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Overview

Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his explosive stories in The New Yorker, including his headline-making pieces on the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now, Hersh brings together what he has learned, along with new reporting, to answer the critical question of the last four years: How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. Hersh draws on sources at the highest levels of the American government and intelligence community, in foreign capitals, and on the battlefield for an unparalleled view of a critical chapter in America's recent history. In a new afterword, he critiques the government's failure to adequately investigate prisoner abuse -- at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere -- and punish those responsible. With an introduction by The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an administration blinded by ideology and of a president whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061807657
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,234,528
  • File size: 559 KB

Meet the Author

Seymour M. Hersh has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, four George Polk Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes, many of them for his work at the New York Times. In 2004, he won a National Magazine Award for public interest for his pieces on intelligence and the Iraq war. He lives in Washington, D.C. Chain of Command is his eighth book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2006

    Required Reading

    If you have taken the time to do your homework on all that is happening you will see that the book 'follows the money' so to speak. No matter what the Bush administration says, not everyone can be lying. This could not happen without the upper ranks knowing, even fostering, this behavior. We know that beginning with the now-current Attorney General the line has been blurred from the top. This information fits and it will stick to the history of this President for a long time. I hope this is required reading for future generations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    Worth the time, but could go much deeper

    I felt this book started out great, his analysis and exposure of TORTURE at Abu-Ghraib and Guantanamo, how these were being carried out sometimes in secret- sometimes not, how the green lights were clearly given to carry this all out from the highest levels of the US government, the rendering to other US allies who could torture suspects more easily --all that was done exceptionally well in his account. After that he seems to drift off into every direction, exposing some of the crimes that are being committed by the US in Iraq or Afghanistan (while leaving out completely lists of others) but still sort of defending this whole war without end and without borders. I still think its a good book overall, especially the beginnings, but its not the best on the whole 'war thing'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Superb account of current US/British wars

    In this unusually useful book, the American investigative journalist Seymour Hersh presents some vital new information on the US and British states¿ current wars. Torture, which is invariably counterproductive, is of course illegal, under the Geneva Convention, US federal anti-torture statutes and the UN Convention Against Torture, ratified by the USA in 1994. Yet in 2001 President Bush secretly ruled, ¿I ¿ determine that none of the provisions of Geneva apply to our conflict with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan or elsewhere throughout the world.¿ This contempt for law resulted directly in systematic abuse, torture and murders in US prisons. Abu Ghraib was unusual only because it became notorious. The US state organises torture tourism: it kidnaps suspects then takes them to Egypt for intensive torture, or to the many secret CIA prisons in Pakistan, Thailand, Singapore, etc. In November 2001, Bush approved a Pakistani airlift out of northern Afghanistan. 5000 people escaped, Pakistani army officers and intelligence agents, and an unknown number of Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Since 1997, the Labour government has consistently spread false information about Iraq. A member of the UN inspection team passed dozens of unverified intelligence `reports¿ to MI6, who passed these dodgy tips discreetly to the press. Ehud Barak, an ex-Prime Minister of Israel, told Vice-President Dick Cheney late last year that the USA had lost in Iraq. He said that Israel `had learned that there¿s no way to win an occupation¿. The only issue now was `choosing the size of your humiliation¿. The Israeli government has also concluded that the occupation cannot bring stability or democracy to Iraq. As a former Israeli military intelligence officer said, ¿it doesn¿t add up. It¿s over. Not militarily ¿ but politically.¿ So Israel is not depending on the USA. It is further destabilising the Middle East by training Kurdish commando units in northern Iraq and running covert operations in Kurdish areas of Iran and Syria. This has provoked a new alliance against Israel, of Iran, Syria and Turkey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Partisan Diatribe

    I had to read this text for a graduate class in deviance. Unfortunately, the author is so blinded with his partisanship, he fails to accurately portray the events that led up to the War in Iraq. The author fails to even recognize the very real danger of terrorism in America. Furthermore, the author seems to be advocating that Americans wait to engage the enemy at home versus opening a front to fight terrorists abroad. If you are looking for a non-partisan explanation of the events surrounding 9/11 and the Iraq War, this is not the book for you. However, if you are liberal in thought and hate the current administration, this is a nice fictional partisan potrayal of twisted facts meant to make the reader feel good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2004

    Astonishing, Vital.

    No matter where you stand politically (if you stand anywhere), the information in this book is critical for everyone to be aware of. It achieved widespread success, especially in the couple months after its release, but the conversation cannot stop. Spread the word about this. Read it twice. Discuss it. Get angry about it. The stakes are so high. Informing ourselves and out friends is the first step, of several, neccesary to ensuring that this sort of tragedy isn't STILL happening.

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