Chain of Command

Chain of Command

The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Book - 2004
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Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his stories in The New Yorker, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from the clear morning when hijackers crashed airplanes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?

Hersh established himself at the forefront of investigative journalism thirty-five years ago when he broke the news of the massacre at My Lai, Vietnam, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize. Ever since, he's challenged America's power elite by publishing the stories that others can't, or won't, tell. In exposés on subjects ranging from Saudi corruption to nuclear black marketeers and -- months ahead of other journalists -- the White House's false claims about weapons of mass destruction, Hersh has cemented his reputation as the indispensable reporter of our time.

In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of President Bush's "war on terror" and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. He reveals the connections between early missteps in the hunt for Al Qaeda and disasters on the ground in Iraq. The book includes a new account of Hersh's pursuit of the Abu Ghraib story and of where, he believes, responsibility for the scandal ultimately lies. Hersh draws on sources at the highest levels of the American government and intelligence community, in foreign capitals, and on the battlefield for an unparalleled view of a crucial chapter in America's recent history. With an introduction by The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, Chain of Command is a devastating portrait of an Administration blinded by ideology and of a President whose decisions have made the world a more dangerous place for America.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2004
ISBN: 9780060195915
Characteristics: xix, 394 p. : maps


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Sep 07, 2020

Through a series of pieces written for The New Yorker, Hersh follows the chain of command for prisoner abuses committed by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib backwards, finally resting on the desk of Donald Rumsfield. That's only the beginning. He goes on to catalog the cavalier attitude displayed by the Bush administration while taking missteps on issues like nuclear proliferation and the war on terrorism.

Jan 04, 2015

Usual Hersh reporting mediocrity! Now had he mentioned Julie Sirrs and why she was forced out of the Defense Intelligence Agency [Unocal and the CIA financially supporting the Taliban and by extension, al Qaeda? Bringing back important info on them and a warning of an impeding attack on US soil, which came to be on 9/11?] and then mentioned how Alfreda Bikowsky sat on the CIA's info which would have stopped those hijackers, then I'd be impressed!


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Sep 07, 2020

In an exercise of political reverse engineering, Seymour Hersh follows the chain of command backwards to see where the command trail ultimately leads. Specifically, Who is at fault for the Abu Ghraib debacle? Spoiler alert: it stops (or starts) on the desk of G. Dubya's Secretary of Defense. The author also catalogs the cavalier attitude displayed by the Bush administration over missteps on nuclear proliferation and the war on terrorism.


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Sep 07, 2020

In an exercise of political reverse engineering, Seymour Hersh follows the chain of command backwards . . .

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