Press "Enter" to skip to content

500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars by Kurt Eichenwald

By Kurt Eichenwald

Kurt Eichenwald—New York instances bestselling writer of Conspiracy of Fools and The Informant— recounts the 1st 500 days after 9-11 in a complete, compelling page-turner as gripping as any thriller.
In 500 Days, master chronicler Kurt Eichenwald lays naked the harrowing judgements, deceptions, and delusions of the eighteen months that modified the area perpetually, as leaders raced to guard their electorate within the wake of 11th of September.
Eichenwald’s gripping, rapid kind and trueto- existence discussion places readers on the middle of those historical occasions, from the Oval workplace to quantity 10 Downing highway, from Guantanamo Bay to the depths of CIA headquarters, from the al-Qaeda education camps to the torture chambers of Egypt and Syria. He unearths formerly undisclosed info from the fear wars, together with by no means sooner than stated information about warrantless wiretapping, the anthrax assaults and investigations, and conflicts among Washington and London.
With his signature fast moving narrative type, Eichenwald— whose publication, The Informant, was once known as “one of the easiest nonfiction books of the decade” by way of The big apple instances e-book Review—exposes a global of secrets and techniques and lies that has remained hidden for a lot too lengthy.

Show description

Read or Download 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars PDF

Best politics books

Dispossession: The Performative in the Political

Dispossession describes the situation of these who've misplaced land, citizenship, estate, and a broader belonging to the area. This thought-provoking ebook seeks to difficult our realizing of dispossession open air of the normal good judgment of ownership, an indicator of capitalism, liberalism, and humanism.

The Red Flag: How Communism Changed the World

Communism was once essentially the most robust political and highbrow routine of the fashionable global; on the top in their impression Communist regimes managed greater than a 3rd of the earth's floor. Given its speedy upward push and huge achieve, its unexpected and thoroughly unexpected cave in after 1989 turns out all of the extra amazing and short of rationalization.

We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism

To his fellow conservatives, John Derbyshire makes a plea: Don't be seduced by way of this nonsense approximately "the politics of desire. " Skepticism, pessimism, and suspicion of satisfied speak are the real features of an authentically conservative temperament. And from Hobbes and Burke via Lord Salisbury and Calvin Coolidge, as much as Pat Buchanan and Mark Steyn in our personal time, those ideals have saved the human race from blindly chasing its utopian desires correct off a cliff.

The Politics of Apolitical Culture: The Congress for Cultural Freedom,the CIA & Post-War American Hegemony (Routledge Psa Political Studies Series, 2)

This booklet analyses a key episode within the cultural chilly struggle - the formation of the Congress for Cultural Freedom. when the Congress was once demonstrated to guard cultural values and freedom of expression within the chilly struggle fight, its shut organization with the CIA later undermined its claims to highbrow independence or non-political autonomy.

Extra info for 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars

Sample text

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought America into the war and Goddard returned to government work on the development of rockets for military purposes. He worked on this till his death in August 1945. Although it was slow to perceive the military potential of ballistic missiles, the United States was impressed by the capabilities demonstrated by the Geman V-2 missiles in 1944–5. Well before the end of the Second World War, the USA had become determined to recruit as many as possible of the scientists and engineers who had worked on the V-2 project.

Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev was under intense political pressure at home and abroad in early 1957. His position was still politically fragile despite having recently emerged victorious from the power struggle that had followed the death of Stalin in 1953. The outbreak of the Hungarian rising and its subsequent violent Soviet suppression in 1956 had badly damaged the Soviet Union’s international prestige. Poor harvests at home likewise weakened Khruschev’s political position. A positive 26 Propaganda and national interest propaganda coup would clearly be welcomed in such circumstances.

31 While Khruschev had not anticipated the scale of the propaganda benefits that the Sputnik launch would bring to the Soviet Union, he quickly saw how Sputnik and its successors could be used to demonstrate to the world that the USSR was a highly advanced society, capable of competing with the West on equal terms. Certainly this was how it was perceived in much of the West. 33 For Khruschev therefore, there most certainly now was a ‘space race’, just as there had hitherto been an arms race. And from the beginning, the two would be closely linked.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.30 of 5 – based on 34 votes