The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration [NOOK Book]

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A central player's account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America.


Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many—especially ...
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The Terror Presidency: Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration

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Overview

A central player's account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America.


Jack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many—especially those regulating the treatment and interrogation of prisoners—that were deeply flawed.Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. Goldsmith's fascinating analysis of parallel legal crises in the Lincoln and Roosevelt administrations shows why Bush's apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and, perhaps, his standing in history.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Chilling. . . . The portrait of the Bush administration that Mr. Goldsmith draws in this book is a devastating one. . . . Illuminating.”— Michiko Kakutani
Los Angeles Times
“An important book—a genuine service to national interest—on several levels.”— Timothy Rutten
Michiko Kakutani - New York Times
“Chilling. . . . The portrait of the Bush administration that Mr. Goldsmith draws in this book is a devastating one. . . . Illuminating.”
Timothy Rutten - Los Angeles Times
“An important book—a genuine service to national interest—on several levels.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393069167
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 456,076
  • File size: 318 KB

Meet the Author

Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. From October 2003 to June 2004 he was assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Chapter 1 The New Job 17

Chapter 2 The Commander in Chief Ensnared by Law 43

Chapter 3 Fear and OLC 71

Chapter 4 When Lawyers Make Terrorism Policy 99

Chapter 5 Torture and the Dilemmas of Presidential Lawyering 141

Chapter 6 The Terror Presidency 177

Afterword: Assessing the First Terror Presidency 217

Acknowledgments 235

Notes 239

Index 271

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