The Dark Side

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The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals By Jane Mayer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307456298
Availability: Special Order
Published: Anchor - May 5th, 2009

America has come a long way since "give me your tired, your poor..." We now have lawyers in the Bush administration, from the prospective of overstuffed sofas and boundless egos, attempting to define the degree of pain that can be inflicted upon people before it constitutes torture. That definition enjoys an especially wide latitude with Vice President Cheney, who decided he had "other priorities" when his own well-being was jeopardized by the Vietnam War. Jane Mayer's riveting and horrifying account of the jettisoning of values that this country has cherished since its inception under the guise of protecting us from terrorism should be required reading for every American who is determined that it should never be allowed to happen again. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves