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Title:
Pay any price : greed, power, and endless war
Author:
Risen, James.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.
Physical Description:
xvii, 285 pages ; 24 cm
Summary:
"War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely. Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses -- and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up. Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely"--
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780544341418
Format :
Book

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Summary

War corrupts. Endless war corrupts absolutely.

Ever since 9/11 America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In Pay Any Price, James Risen reveals an extraordinary litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to outrageous abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. In the name of fighting terrorism, our government has done things every bit as shameful as its historic wartime abuses -- and until this book, it has worked very hard to cover them up.

Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. FDR authorized the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans. Presidents Bush and Obama now must face their own reckoning. Power corrupts, but it is endless war that corrupts absolutely.


Author Notes

JAMES RISEN is an investigative journalist with the New York Times , and author of the New York Times bestseller State of War, among other books .  In 2006 he won a Pulitzer Prize for his stories about warrantless wiretapping by the NSA. In 2007 he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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Library Journal Review

At first glance, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Risen's (State of War) book is tinged with conspiracy theory, despite his impressive credentials as a journalist; however, a closer read reveals more. It's true that the litany of atrocities attributed to the American government is profound, but Risen writes with such compelling matter-of-factness that it becomes impossible to discount his claims. He asks how far America will go in the effort to fight terror, and answers candidly, with frank disgust for what he has discovered in his time as an investigative journalist. Readers will find much of what the author describes disturbing, as it includes accounts of torture, money laundering, and invasive surveillance. Risen clearly feels it is his duty to report on these issues, and delivers his findings in a completely reasonable tone. He incorporates detailed profiles of key players in the events and actions he covers, including arms dealers, bankers, and even an Abu Ghraib interrogator. Though it may only raise more questions in the minds of skeptics and analyticals, this engrossing book is perfect for those interested in politics, current events, and government. VERDICT A sensational indictment of the violence and avarice that have plagued America's war on terror since September 11, 2001-definitely worth reading, if only for the potentially heated political conversation. [See Prepub Alert, 4/6/14.]-Kathleen Dupre, Edmond, OK (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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Table of Contents

A Note on Sourcesp. ix
Prologuep. xi
Part I Greed
1 Pallets of Cashp. 3
2 The Emperor of the War on Terrorp. 31
3 The New Oligarchsp. 54
Part II Power
4 Rosettap. 71
5 Alarbusp. 123
6 Too Big to Failp. 142
Part III Endless War
7 The War on Decencyp. 163
8 The War on Normalcyp. 202
9 The War on Truthp. 230
Afterwordp. 269
Indexp. 274