Lives, Lies and the Iran-Contra Affair

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This book examines the Iran-Contra affair, the trials of Poindexter and North and the testimony of Ronald Reagan as a test-case of political morality. It draws out the implications of the statements of North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, who were so convinced of the moral rightness of their actions that they were prepared to break the law, lie and destroy vital evidence. It tries to ascertain what was going on in the minds of these people and especially in that of the President who claimed not to be cognizant of ...

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This book examines the Iran-Contra affair, the trials of Poindexter and North and the testimony of Ronald Reagan as a test-case of political morality. It draws out the implications of the statements of North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, who were so convinced of the moral rightness of their actions that they were prepared to break the law, lie and destroy vital evidence. It tries to ascertain what was going on in the minds of these people and especially in that of the President who claimed not to be cognizant of the actions of his subordinates.

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Entertaining may not be the proper word to define Wroe's book, yet it is apropos. For the senior editor of The Economist of London finds in the Iran- contra affair elements of black comedy, of James Bond adventure, of TV miniseries drama, of rock-star adulation (i.e., ``Olliemania''), and of low farce akin to the Keystone Kops. Using the same voluminous record that produced Theodore Draper's fine A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs ( LJ 6/1/91), the British writer studies morals and ethics, while Draper dwelt on constitutional consequences. And Wroe finds moral and ethical considerations sadly missing. Today, less than a decade later, concerns for the lessons learned are only faintly heard, ``like the last dim echo of a shout at a mountain.'' Recommended for general political collections.-- Chet Ha gan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781850435587
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/15/1992
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 4.68 (w) x 9.86 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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Part 1 Pictures on a screen: the politics of illusion; unseen, unknown; secret agents and mystery papers; the scandal as cinema. Part 2 Just cause and holy war: flag, country, cause; justifying Nicaragua; bartering for bodies; bakhshish. Part 3 Obedience: soldiers and servants; lawful orders; chains of command; the men responsible. Part 4 What's right and what's legal: on the edge of the law; right and wrong; criminal inquiries. Part 5 Lives and lies: the realm of the lie; questions and answers; "A damn good story".

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