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Tortured logic : a verbatim critique of the George W. Bush presidency /
edited by Joseph Russomanno ; foreword by Jonathan Alter.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2011.
description
xiv, 353 p.
ISBN
1597975133 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781597975131 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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added author
imprint
Washington, D.C. : Potomac Books, c2011.
isbn
1597975133 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781597975131 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7648051
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Reviews
Review Quotes
"Russomanno's layering of these quotes has a cumulative power that brings home the story of the Bush era in a fresh and often terrifying way. What follows is more than superb source material for future historians; it's a compelling history in its own right, of interest to anyone who cares about a twisted time in the life of the nation."
" Tortured Logic on one level shows the extent to which the administration of George W. Bush telegraphed its intentions every time its officials opened their mouths. On a completely different level, the reader will be shocked by the extent to which we were manipulated by those very same words. Historians will love this 'primary source' view into the Bush years. Other readers, like myself, who fought the administration for so many years, will find the hair on the back of their necks rising as they read just how diabolical the Bush administration was."
Tortured Logic on one level shows the extent to which the administration of George W. Bush telegraphed its intentions every time its officials opened their mouths. On a completely different level, the reader will be shocked by the extent to which we were manipulated by those very same words. Historians will love this 'primary source' view into the Bush years. Other readers, like myself, who fought the administration for so many years, will find the hair on the back of their necks rising as they read just how diabolical the Bush administration was.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This title presents quotations by Bush, Cheney and others - including leading political journalists - in a narrative sequence which shows how the Bush presidency unfolded and the way in which the Iraq War was 'sold' to the world and the methods used to 'legalise' torture and to protect its proponents from prosecution.
Main Description
It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush's, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logicshows us how this egregious abuse of power came about in the words of the participants themselves. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others'” especially our leading journalists'”in a narrative sequence, Russomanno allows the story of exactly how the imperial presidency came about to unfold in the first half of the book. In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to 'œlegalize' torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logicprovides a unique critique of the Bush administration.
Main Description
It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush's, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logic shows us, in the words of the participants themselves, how this egregious abuse of power came about. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others--including our leading journalists--in a narrative sequence in the book's first half, Russomanno allows the story of Bush's imperial presidency to unfold . In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to "legalize" torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logic provides a unique critique of the Bush administration.
Main Description
It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush's, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logic shows us, in the words of the participants themselves, how this egregious abuse of power came about. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others-including our leading journalists-in a narrative sequence in the book's first half, Russomanno allows the story of Bush's imperial presidency to unfold . In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to legalize torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logic provides a unique critique of the Bush administration.
Main Description
It is hard to imagine a more Orwellian presidency than George W. Bush "s, according to Joseph Russomanno, who demonstrates how a form of Newspeak became thoroughly entrenched in the historical record. Bush and his team, especially Vice President Dick Cheney, neither respected the Constitution nor the separation of powers. Instead, the Bush administration deliberately and explicitly violated the law in ways that will continue to be felt for generations. Tortured Logic shows us, in the words of the participants themselves, how this egregious abuse of power came about. Presenting quotations by Bush, Cheney, and others ”including our leading journalists ”in a narrative sequence in the book "s first half, Russomanno allows the story of Bush "s imperial presidency to unfold . In the second half, he focuses on the war presidency, including the way the Iraq War was sold to the American people and the methods used to Slegalize torture, or at least to protect its proponents from prosecution. By having the principal actors speak for themselves, Tortured Logic provides a unique critique of the Bush administration.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
The Imperial Presidencyp. 1
Presidential Powerp. 5
The Rule of Lawp. 31
Secrecy and ôViceöp. 57
Creating Realitiesp. 81
The War Presidentp. 115
September 11 Run-Upp. 119
Iraq: Stacking the Deckp. 127
Post-Invasion Iraq: The House of Cards Collapsesp. 205
Torture and Renditionp. 247
Afterwordp. 279
Selected Bibliographyp. 283
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 335
About the Authorp. 353
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