Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency

Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post-9/11 Presidency

Charlie Savage

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage's penetrating research of the Obama presidency and the nationwide defense state

Barack Obama campaigned on a promise of switch from George W. Bush's "global struggle on terror." but from indefinite detention and drone moves to surveillance and armed forces tribunals, Obama ended up continuing-and sometimes expanding-many regulations he inherited. What occurred?

In Power Wars, Charlie Savage appears contained in the Obama administration's nationwide protection criminal and coverage crew in a fashion that not anyone has earlier than. in keeping with particular interviews with greater than a hundred and fifty present and previous officers and entry to formerly unreported files, he lays naked their inner deliberations, together with emotional debates over the fates of detainees hung on torture-tainted facts and acts of conflict that lacked congressional authorization. He tells the interior tales of the way Obama got here to reserve the killing of an American citizen, preside over an exceptional crackdown on leaks, and preserve a then-secret nationwide defense enterprise software that accumulated documents of each American's mobile calls.

Savage additionally items jointly the 1st accomplished background of ways American surveillance secretly constructed during the last thirty-five years, synthesizing fresh revelations and filling in gaps with new reporting. And he presents lucid motives of felony dilemmas in a manner that non-lawyers can comprehend. Highlighted via new information regarding the pivotal aftermath to the failed Christmas undies bombing and the making plans for the Osama bin encumbered raid, Savage's personal eyewitness reporting at Guantánamo, and specified debts of closed-door conferences on the maximum degrees of presidency, Power Wars equips readers to appreciate the legacy of Obama's presidency.

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