The Terror Presidency
Law and Judgment Inside the Bush Administration
By (author) Jack L. Goldsmith
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Terror Presidency by Jack L. Goldsmith
Book DescriptionJack Goldsmith's duty as head of the Office of Legal Counsel was to advise President Bush what he could and could not do...legally. Goldsmith took the job in October 2003 and began to review the work of his predecessors. Their opinions were the legal framework governing the conduct of the military and intelligence agencies in the war on terror, and he found many-especially those regulating the treatment and interrogation of prisoners-that were deeply flawed. Goldsmith is a conservative lawyer who understands the imperative of averting another 9/11. But his unflinching insistence that we abide by the law put him on a collision course with powerful figures in the administration. Goldsmith's fascinating analysis of parallel legal crises in the Lincoln and Roosevelt administrations shows why Bush's apparent indifference to human rights has damaged his presidency and, perhaps, his standing in history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393065503
(244mm x 165mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 27-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jack L. Goldsmith
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The surprising truth behind Barack Obama's decision to continue many of his predecessor's counterterrorism policies.
Terror Presidency, Paperback (May 2009)
A New York Times Bestseller A central player's account of the clash between the rule of law and the necessity of defending America.
Who Controls the Internet?, Paperback (June 2008)
A critical look at the history and future of the Internet.
Limits of International Law, Paperback (March 2007)» View all books by Jack L. Goldsmith
In The Limits of International Law, Goldsmith and Posner argue that international law matters, but that it is less powerful than public officials, legal experts, and the media believe. International law, they contend, is simply a product of states pursuing their interests on the international stage.
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Author Biography - Jack L. Goldsmith
Jack Goldsmith is the Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University. From October 2003 to June 2004 he was assistant attorney general, Office of Legal Counsel. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts.
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