Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers, and outraged the Bush Administration, with his stories in
The New Yorker magazine, 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 hijacked airplanes crashed 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 35 years ago when he broke the news of the massacre in 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 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. 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.
Chain of Command is the best book we are likely to have, this close to events, about why the United States went from leading an international coalition...to fighting alone in Iraq and, in Abu Ghraib, to violating the very human rights it said it had come to restore....This book reminds us why tough, skeptical journalism matters so much: it helps to keep us free." (
The New York Times Book Review)
"Mr. Hersh's work is necessary reading for anyone remotely interested in what went wrong and continues to go wrong in Iraq, and how the Bush administration came to take America to war there in the first place." ( The New York Times)
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