By Joseph Hickman
The revelatory eyewitness account approximately Guantánamo Bay—detainees murdered, a mystery CIA facility for torture, and the U.S. govt hide up—by the employees Sergeant who felt honor-bound to discover it.
Staff Sergeant Joe Hickman used to be a devoted member of the military and a proud American patriot. For two decades, he labored as a jail shield, a personal investigator, and within the army, incomes greater than twenty commendations and awards. whilst he re-enlisted after September 11, he served as a crew chief and Sergeant of the protect in Guantánamo Naval Base. From the instant he arrived at Camp Delta, anything was once amiss. The prisons have been chaotic, detainees have been abused, and Hickman exposed unintentionally a mystery facility he categorised “Camp No.” On June nine, 2006, the evening Hickman was once on accountability, 3 prisoners died, intended suicides, and Hickman knew whatever used to be heavily flawed. So all started his epic look for the reality, an odyssey that will lead him to finish that the united states executive was once utilizing Guantánamo not only as a jail, yet as a coaching flooring for interrogators to check complicated torture techniques.
For the 1st time, Hickman info the interior workings of Camp Delta: the occasions surrounding the loss of life of 3 prisoners, the orchestrated the cover-up, and the key facility on the center of all of it. From his personal eyewitness account, and a cautious evaluate of hundreds of thousands of records, he deconstructs the government’s account of what occurred and proves that the army not just tortured prisoners, yet lied approximately their deaths. by means of revealing Guantánamo’s actual nature, Sergeant Hickman indicates us why the legal has been so tough to shut. This booklet opens a major window onto executive overreach, secrecy, and one man’s principled look for the reality.
By James Risen
A landmark collaboration among a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The major Enemy is the dramatic within tale of the CIA-KGB undercover agent wars, informed throughout the activities of the lads who fought them.
Based on hundreds of thousands of interviews with operatives from each side, the most Enemy places us contained in the heads of CIA officials as they steer clear of surveillance and stroll into violent ambushes in Moscow. this is often the tale of the new release of spies who got here of age within the shadow of the Cuban missile challenge and rose during the ranks to run the CIA and KGB within the final days of the chilly battle. The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the again streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, however the motion facilities on Washington, beginning within the notorious "Year of the Spy"--when, one after the other, the CIA’s brokers in Moscow started to be killed, up via to the final man.
Behind the scenes with the CIA's covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led the USA to victory within the mystery conflict opposed to the Soviets, and for the 1st time he unearths right here what he did and whom the United States subsidized, and why. Bearden was once known as again to Washington after the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan and was once made leader of the Soviet/East Euro-pean Division—just in time to witness the autumn of the Berlin Wall, the revolutions that swept throughout jap Europe, and the implosion of the Soviet Union.
Laced with startling revelations--about fail-safe top-secret again channels among the CIA and KGB, double and triple brokers, covert operations in Berlin and Prague, and the fateful autumn of 1989--The major Enemy is historical past at its action-packed best.
From the Hardcover edition.
By Michael K. Bohn
The White condominium scenario Room is arguably crucial facility within the most vital construction on this planet. because the president’s intelligence and alert middle, it presents very important verbal exchange and situation administration functions to the executive government and his advisers. it may even be “an island of calm,” as a best adviser for vice chairman Al Gore as soon as defined it. So little is understood concerning the state of affairs Room that, till the booklet of Nerve heart, the yank public’s wisdom of it really is virtually solely in keeping with its portrayal via the leisure industry.Yet, as Michael okay. Bohn issues out, Hollywood has did not trap the true drama of the location Room. a number of crises come alive in Nerve middle, from the Vietnam battle (when President Johnson made past due evening visits to the placement Room donning his pajamas and went so usually that he moved his Oval workplace chair there), to the tried assassination of President Ronald Reagan, to today’s high-tech conflict on terrorism. Created within the aftermath of the Bay of Pigs fiasco via advisers to President John Kennedy, presidents, cupboard individuals, and nationwide safeguard Council employees contributors have all come to depend upon the location Room. “I knew that i'll continually depend upon the placement Room,” President Jimmy Carter recalled, “and it by no means permit me down.” Bohn, who served as director of the placement Room for the 1st President George Bush, has recruited a number of officers, together with former and present employees, to inform the colourful forty-year heritage of the placement Room. In a last bankruptcy, Bohn makes use of a fictional concern to explain how the location Room will evolve to aid the president meet the demanding situations of an more and more harmful destiny.
By Barry Ritholtz
Author note: invoice Fleckenstein [Foreword], Aaron activity [Contributor]
An attractive examine what ended in the monetary turmoil we now locate ourselves in.
Bailout Nation deals one of many clearest appears on the monetary creditors, regulators, and politicians answerable for the monetary obstacle of 2008. Written by means of Barry Ritholtz, one in every of today's most well liked monetary bloggers and a well-established pundit, this ebook skillfully explores how the us advanced from a rugged autonomous country to a delicate Bailout Nation-where monetary corporations are allowed to self-regulate in reliable instances, yet are bailed out by means of taxpayers in undesirable times.
Entertaining and informative, this publication basically exhibits you ways years of attempting to keep watch over the economic climate with effortless cash has eventually stuck up with the government and the way its perform of many times rescuing Wall highway has get back to chew them.
> The definitive publication at the monetary situation of 2008
> Names the culprits chargeable for this tragedy-from monetary regulators to politicians
> exhibits how every one bailout all through sleek historical past has impacted what occurred within the future
> Examines why the consumer/taxpayer is left ache in an economic system of bubbles, bailouts, and attainable inflation
> Ritholtz operates a highly well known web publication, www.ritholtz.com/blog
Scathing, yet reasonable, Bailout Nation is a voice of cause in those doubtful fiscal times.
By Susan-Mary Grant
Born out of violence and the aspirations of its early settlers, the us of the US has develop into one of many world's strongest international locations, while its earlier keeps to notify its current and to mold its very id as a state. the hunt for nationhood and the ambiguities upon which the state was once based are on the root of this clever and forthright publication. Taking a generally chronological method, it starts in colonial the US because the first Europeans arrived, lured by way of the promise of monetary revenue, pushed by way of non secular piety, and followed via the ailments which might ravage and eat the local populations. It explores the tensions inherent in a rustic outfitted on slave hard work within the identify of liberty, one pressured to say its team spirit and re-evaluate its beliefs within the face of secession and civil battle, and one who struggled to set up ethical supremacy, army protection, and monetary balance throughout the monetary crises and worldwide conflicts of the 20th century. Woven via this richly crafted research of America's moving social and political landscapes are the a number of voices of the nation's historical past: slaves and slave proprietors, revolutionaries and reformers, infantrymen and statesmen, immigrants and refugees. it really is their voices, including these of cutting-edge multicultural the US, that outline the U.S. on the sunrise of a brand new century.
By Jim Hightower
The USA listens to Jim Hightower. greater than 80 thousand humans join The Hightower Lowdown Newsletter whereas his radio exhibit is aired on greater than sixty public and advertisement radio stations.
In They've Stolen Our nation and it is time to Take It Back, he is taking at the Bushites, the Wobblycrats, and the company Kleptocrats, digging up behind-the-scenes dust that the company media overlooks-like BushCo's "Friday evening Massacres," what is occurred to our meals, and the Bush plan for empire. however the e-book additionally bargains grassroots ideas, drawing on Hightower's Rolling Thunder Down-Home Democracy journey, a touring pageant of uprising opposed to each tentacle of the corporate-politico strength seize. At kitchen tables in all places the United States, Hightower has tapped into the thriving activist networks which are our country's grassroots muscle, and his booklet tells their uplifting tales of retaking keep an eye on in their groups. this can be the genuine the USA that the remainder of the realm does not get to work out.
together with his certain mix of wit and outrage, Jim Hightower "lights a prairie fire"-and it is simply the spark that his turning out to be nationwide viewers craves.
By Nathan Hodge
In could 2003, President George W. Bush declared victory in Iraq. yet whereas we gained the warfare, we catastrophically misplaced the peace. Our failure triggered a basic switch in our international coverage. faced with the shortcomings of "shock and awe," the U.S. army shifted its concentration to "stability operations": counterinsurgency and the rebuilding of failed states. In lower than a decade, overseas counsel has turn into militarized; humanitarianism has been armed.
Combining fresh historical past and firsthand reporting, Armed Humanitarians strains how the innovations of nation-building got here into style, and the way, evangelized via imagine tanks, govt seminars, and the clicking, this new doctrine took root contained in the Pentagon and the country division. Following this outstanding test in armed social paintings because it performs out from Afghanistan and Iraq to Africa and Haiti, Nathan Hodge exposes the problems of translating those formidable new theories into motion.
Ultimately seeing this new period in overseas family members as a noble yet improper scan, he exhibits how armed humanitarianism traces our assets, deepens our reliance on outsourcing and personal contractors, and ends up in perceptions of a brand new imperialism, arguably a significant component in any variety of new conflicts all over the world. As we try to construct international locations, we may perhaps in reality be weakening our own.
Nathan Hodge is a Washington, D.C.-based author who makes a speciality of security and nationwide defense. He has suggested from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and several nations within the heart East and previous Soviet Union. he's the writer, with Sharon Weinberger, of A extended family Vacation, and his paintings has seemed in Slate, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and plenty of different newspapers and magazines.
By Rachel Maddow
The no 1 ny occasions bestseller that charts America’s risky flow right into a country of perpetual battle.
Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that now we have drifted clear of America's unique beliefs and turn into a kingdom weirdly at peace with perpetual battle. to appreciate how we now have arrived at this kind of harmful position, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam battle to latest conflict in Afghanistan, alongside the best way exploring Reagan's radical presidency, the aggravating upward thrust of govt authority, the sluggish outsourcing of our war-making features to non-public businesses, the plummeting percent of yank households whose young ones struggle our consistent wars for us, or even the altering fortunes of G.I. Joe. eventually, she indicates us simply how a lot we stand to lose via permitting the scope of yankee army strength to overpower our political discourse.
Sensible but provocative, useless critical but seriously humorous, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate approximately our titanic and confounding nationwide protection country.
By Lynn Schweikart