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The Challenge: How a Maverick Navy Officer and a Young Law Professor Risked Their Careers to Defend the Constitution--and Won

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INCLUDES A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR

The Challenge tells the inside story of an improbable act of patriotism. At its center are Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal, two men who, in the aftermath of 9/11, found themselves defending an accused Yemeni terrorist named Salim Hamdan in America's first military tribunals since World War II. The entire system was stackd against them, and Swift's superiors were pressing him to enter a guilty plea. Instead,...

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The Challenge: Hamdan v. Rumsfeld and the Fight over Presidential Power

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Overview

INCLUDES A NEW EPILOGUE BY THE AUTHOR

The Challenge tells the inside story of an improbable act of patriotism. At its center are Navy lawyer Charles Swift and Georgetown law professor Neal Katyal, two men who, in the aftermath of 9/11, found themselves defending an accused Yemeni terrorist named Salim Hamdan in America's first military tribunals since World War II. The entire system was stackd against them, and Swift's superiors were pressing him to enter a guilty plea. Instead, he and Katyal sued the Bush administration on their client's behalf, arguing that his trial and treatment were illegal and unconstitutional. In the spring of 2006, the case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, reached the Supreme Court. The resulting ruling changed the legal landscape of the War on Terror, and it has been called the Court's most important decision ever on presidential power and the rule of law. Jonathan Mahler's gripping, detailed chronicle follows the case from Yemen to Guantanamo to the courtrooms and the chambers of power in Washington, delivering "the definitive work on an epic Supreme Court case—and on the human beings behind the headlines" (Jeffrey Toobin, author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court).

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"[The Challenge] tells the story of a captive who gave his name to a great constitutional decision, and it describes the personal struggles of his lawyers, their courage, and their faults. . . . A work of rare drama."—-Anthony Lewis, The New York Review of Books

"A riveting read."—-San Francisco Chronicle

"The Challenge is not just a very readable account of an important case. It is also an intimate account of the lawyers who overcame personal conflicts, animus, and flaws to produce a decision for the ages." —-The New York Times

"An excellent legal thriller . . . It's through Mahler's brilliant narrative of these characters that he weaves together the broader, legally complex story of Hamdan v. Rumsfeld."—-The Toronto Star

"Mahler excels at telling the story of a talented, fractious team coming together for a greater goal."—-The New Yorker

"For those who thrill to what might be called the geology of American constitutional bedrock, The Challenge is a riveting read."—-The New York Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312428853
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,108,117
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

JONATHAN MAHLER, a writer for The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Ladies and Gentlemen, the Bronx Is Burning.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 3

1 The Jag 13

2 The Trials 24

3 VUCA 37

4 The Professor 48

5 The Civil Power 63

6 A Drowning Man 76

7 The Lawsuit 92

8 Tugging the Lion's Tail 108

9 "Oh, I Doubt That Seriously, Sir" 125

10 "Judge Assigned-We Won the Lottery" 140

11 An Indefinite Recess 155

12 "We're Going to Crush You" 168

13 Who We Are 188

14 The Supreme Court Responds 205

15 Getting to Five 218

16 Where's the Food? 235

17 The Countdown 245

18 The Argument 263

19 The Heroes of Guantánamo? 290

Epilogue 307

A Note on Sources 325

Acknowledgments 329

Index 333

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Highly recommended: understand the difference between anger and justice

    This book tells most of the story about how a small number of lawyers engaged the might of the Bush 43 White House. They lost a lot of legal battles before they won some justice.
    The part I would like to include:
    - what the defendant told the tribunal after it was all over
    - what Rumsfeld might have said when informed of the judgement
    I would like to see a new version with that epiloge.

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