52 Books a Year: #28 - Chain of Command

Posted by Brian Wed, 09 Dec 2009 02:16:09 GMT

Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
By Seymour M. Harsh

I always alternate from angry to depressed reading books like this. As the title says, Chain of Command tells the story of U.S. intelligence leading up to 9/11 through the Abu Ghrai fiasco. The only complaint I can come up with is the dependence on anonymous sources, but given the nature of the reporting this is understandable. Many of his sources are anonymous for very good reasons. However, given Hersh’s incredible record I do not doubt the authenticity of his reporting.

I’m not going to write too much about this because the topic makes me angry and I don’t want to get worked up right now, but it is important to note that this was published in 2004 when most of his assertions were denied by the administration. He ended up being correct.


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