The Test of Our Times: America under Siege... and How We Can Be Safe Again

The Test of Our Times: America under Siege... and How We Can Be Safe Again

by Tom Ridge, Lary Bloom
     
 

ISBN-10: 0312534876

ISBN-13: 9780312534875

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

IN THE HARROWING DAYS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the President of the United States reached out to one man to help guide the nation in its quest to shore up domestic security. In this candid and compelling memoir, Tom Ridge describes the whirlwind series of events that took him from the state capital of Pennsylvania, into the fray of Washington, D.C., and onto the

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IN THE HARROWING DAYS AFTER SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, the President of the United States reached out to one man to help guide the nation in its quest to shore up domestic security. In this candid and compelling memoir, Tom Ridge describes the whirlwind series of events that took him from the state capital of Pennsylvania, into the fray of Washington, D.C., and onto the world stage as a new leader in the fight against international terrorism.

A Washington outsider, Ridge went above and beyond in his new post, identifying the need to integrate response teams on a wide-reaching scale and leading the nation's ambitious initiative of establishing a new Cabinet department, the Department of Homeland Security. The author recounts how the new department's unsung heroes, brought together under great duress, succeeded against difficult odds and navigated the politics of terrorism.

Perhaps most importantly, Ridge offers a prescriptive look to the future with provocative ideas such as a national ID card and the use of biometrics to track not just who enters the United States but also how long they are here. Tom Ridge simply tells it like it is, offering a refreshingly honest assessment of the state of homeland security today—and what it needs to be tomorrow.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312534875
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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