Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Seymour M. Hersh Peter Friedman

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Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

Chain of Command The Road from to Abu Ghraib Since September 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 Gharaib pri

  • Title: Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
  • Author: Seymour M. Hersh Peter Friedman
  • ISBN: 9780060780562
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 Gharaib 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 ASince 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 Gharaib 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 thirty five 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 dangerous place for America.Read by Peter Friedman

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    One thought on “Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib

    1. AnaVlădescu on said:

      Hersh is the investigative journalist who broke the story on the My Lai massacre in 1969. That tells you a lot about his pedigree. He could've stopped there and been a hero. Except he kept going for the nexts decades, in an attempt to expose the systemic failures and cover ups of the American government and military in all of their domestic and foreign decisions/scandals. This book talks about the issues of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo, the American mistakes of involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan a [...]

    2. Al on said:

      Depressing as hell. I'd heard an interview with Hersh at the time who said that there was more video taped evidence that would make the Abu Ghraib stuff look like child's play. But it sounds like the CIA has disposed of those to avoid any further "embarrassment." This book is both stomach-turning and necessary. And as long as large numbers of people get their opinions from Fox News and Country and Western songs, books like this are inconsequential in the near term.But historians will (hopefully) [...]

    3. John on said:

      Hersh actually does journalism. This is the book that should be assigned years from now in the history classes teaching this travesty of a war. Again, I am horrified at the willful incompetence of the Bush Administration's foreign policy. If anyone doubted the idea of a cabal attempting to fashion world events in their favor, they should read more about the NeoCons at the heart of the post-9/11 landscape. Terrible people making others suffer and die. This book is a good overall primer on how the [...]

    4. Tom Schulte on said:

      Seymour (Sy) Myron Hersh is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist who first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the US military's mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention and this is his book on that. Like with My Lai, the audiobook explorers the culture that make the atrocity po [...]

    5. Samy seddiq on said:

      بدءاً المجد للصحافة الأستقصائية الحقيقة المجردة من كل ما عداها هي المحراب الذي يتوجب علي كل صحفي وبالأحري كل أنسان على وجه الأرض ،لان الحقيقة للأسف أصبحت عزيزة المنال وسط عتمة أكاذيب السياسين والحكام وغيرهم ،لدينا هنا كتاب لصحفي شهير قرر أن يفتش عن الحقيقة ويسير عكس التيار [...]

    6. Mehwish Mughal on said:

      There are always multiples sides to every story; Hersh, through his fearless, investigative journalism has brought one such "other" story to light. 1) Torture at Abu Ghraib - The gross violations of Human Rights.Evidence of the traumatic impact of the abuses was conveyed to me by a senior Iraqi weapons scientist, now living abroad, in the spring of 2004. He told me that several women detained at Abu Ghraib had "passed messages to their families imploring them to smuggle poison to them to end the [...]

    7. The American Conservative on said:

      'Of all the critical analyses of Seymour Hersh’s latest book, the best and most telling review appeared before Chain of Command came off the press. The Pentagon press office, in a pre-emptive strike designed to neutralize a blow they knew was coming, had this to say:Based on media inquiries, it appears that Mr. Seymour Hersh’s upcoming book apparently contains many of the numerous unsubstantiated allegations and inaccuracies which he has made in the past based upon unnamed sources.The releas [...]

    8. Christine on said:

      interesting insight into how the us government used selective intelligence to escalate the war on terror. excellent content, but a bit long. probably would have enjoyed reading his pieces in the new yorker.

    9. Erik Graff on said:

      This book consists of revised magazine articles most pertaining to the aggressive foreign policy of the Bush administration, about which author Hersh has a very low opinion. Loosely connected, the articles all reflect the kind of serious investigative journalism for which Hersh is so well known.

    10. Carol Storm on said:

      Classic reporting, but needs more on the troops on the ground!

    11. Jerome on said:

      It was OK. Reading it in 2012, most of the contents are essentially old hat."Chain of Command" is a political rant with a lot of claims, but not much support. He rarely supports his claims with facts, and his arguments are clearly not-logical. He begins his book by claiming that the Interrogations at Guantanamo have had no results, that the intelligence wasn't satisfying the needs of the Pentagon. This obviously isn't taking the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed into account. He pushes forth the id [...]

    12. Matthew on said:

      It's been well over a decade since publication but Hersch remains the gold standard for reporting on he machinations that led to US involvement in Iraq.

    13. Brad Lucht on said:

      Listed below is a very small representative sample of what you will learn from this book that you didn't learn from your local newspaper or television station.--------------------"After September 11, the Syrian leader, Bashar Assad, initiated the delivery of Syrian intelligence to the United States. The Syrians had compiled hundreds of files on Al Qaeda, including dossiers on the men who participated -- and others who wanted to participate -- in the September 11th attacks. Syria also penetrated [...]

    14. Ollie on said:

      You don't have to be a genius, or even up on current news, to know that America fucked up in Iraq. To learn the intricacies of America's mistakes, however -- the sheer lack of competence and vision -- is enough to fry anyone's braincells and leave them cowering in the corner like a psychiatric ward patient. Hersh, a Pulitzer-prize winnining journalist, exposes the turmoil many countries have been thrust into since 9/11 and how directly it is related to the Neo-cons close to Bush. The picture tha [...]

    15. Parker Griffith on said:

      I really enjoyed this book, but at the same time I was shocked. For years now, our government has tried to cover up all its corruptions around the time President Bush was in office. We went from 9/11 to a brutal war in Iraq that carries on ‘till this day. The author, Seymour M. Hersh, uncovered and dug out so much about the government’s corruption at that time. Our government made foolish mistakes like attacking Afghanistan instead of Pakistan. Pakistan actually encourages terrorism against [...]

    16. Graham Mcmillan on said:

      Somewhat dated now, since it deals primarily in the Iraq war - its buildup and mistakes in planning and (mis)management. The book goes a great way towards explaining what went wrong in the "WMD" debate - how did we get it so wrong. According to the author, Rumsfeld and Cheney openly disrespected the Intelligence professionals because they often refused to stake a claim based on partial or imperfect information. So Rumsfeld and Cheney basically formed their own Intelligence system, based on selec [...]

    17. Sinistmer on said:

      This was a difficult book to read; Hersh begins with the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and goes on to address the decisions and actions of the Bush administration following 9/11. He touches on the actions of the administration as they tried to find intelligence (which wasn't usually good) and wrangled the system in order to get the military to do what they wanted. I was shocked at their actions to "stovepipe" intelligence and their complete unwillingness to consider views that did not suit them. Her [...]

    18. Neil Crossan on said:

      Hersh has earned his investigative stripes decades ago when be broke the story regarding the massacre at My Lai. Far from a one-hit wonder, he was at the forefront of the Abu Ghraib story. This book is a collection of reports ranging from 9/11 to Turkey. As Iraq continues, this book assists in understanding why it has gone as it has. Do we really want Donald Rumsfeld making decisions about battle field tactics? Should we be concerned that military officials who offered contrasting opinions (like [...]

    19. James on said:

      Sadly the questions raised in this book published in 2004 remain unanswered - it's probably believed by far too many people that there was a connection between Saddam and Al Qaeda. The policy mistakes and violence of this illegal war will haunt the region and our role in the world for decades. Beyond this, the own damage to our own democracy: from efforts to subvert and gut legal standards and treaties to the drone wars and the the expanded, practically police state level, of surveillance on our [...]

    20. severyn on said:

      A fine companion to Weisberg's 'The Bush Tragedy', giving the straight up investigative journalist story behind Weisberg's emotional play.Hersh's dispassionate reporting eventually gives way to an impassioned bewilderment at the things he has reported. Towards the end of the book, written in 2004:'There is so much about this presidency that we don't know, and may never learn How did they do it? How did eight or nine neoconservatives who believed that a war in Iraq was the answer to international [...]

    21. David Mccracken on said:

      This book shows all of the flaws of Hersh's writing, but it also could only be written by Hersh and it needed to be written. Hersh has an amazing eye and ear for cover-ups and hidden information that needs to be revealed. As part of the same energy, he also can jump to conclusions and jump to positions of outrage/censure that don't always age well. (I think part of this disjointed feel comes from the way the book was formed out of previous New Yorker articles and the raw energy of the initial re [...]

    22. Ray on said:

      Written in 2004, shortly after the wars in Afghanistan and then Iraq, Hersch takes a critical look at the wars, and especially the civilian leaders in the Pentagon. Hersch spent a lifetime writing about the U.S. Military, and has established numerous contacts of people in the know. As a trusted writer, he has access to a significant number of high level officials, and his story seems to have stood the test of time. It provides a very different perspective than some of the books released after Bu [...]

    23. Andrew on said:

      For anyone that can no longer stand the immense effort required to distill real information out of the various sources where it is available (administration press conferences, talk radio, newspapers, tv news, etc.), this book is highly recommended. The information, which represents an outrage on the part of the US govt. more often than not, is clearly presented and solid analysis is presented. When several conclusions could be reasonably arrived at, Hersh presents them all. The book is excellent [...]

    24. Scott on said:

      When I first read Hersh's article about Abu Ghraib in the New Yorker, I was also reading a comic book about rogue CIA agents fighting against Halliburton. It was hard to say which story seemed more incredible. Hersh is an absolutely amazing reporter, but not the best writer. How he manages to learn this stuff is mindblowing, especially since everything he wrote almost 4 years ago is now just about gospel. The book is pretty close to a collection of his New Yorker articles, however, so no need to [...]

    25. Will Byrnes on said:

      CoC is a compilation of pieces Hersh wrote for the New Yorker about the Bush administration’s conduct of foreign policy. It is a devastating look at the details of what occurred, with a considerable quantity of named sources. For obvious reasons, it was impossible for all his sources to allow their names to be used. We know how vengeful the Bushies are. This is one of the must-read books about the worst administration in American history.

    26. Klaus Metzger on said:

      Hershs Enthüllungen machen Schlagzeilen in aller Welt. In diesem Buch zeigt akribisch und mit Hilfe neuen Materials, wie es möglich war, dass die USA nach dem grauenvollen Terroranschlägen vom 11. September selbst einen Weg des Unrechts beschreiten konnten(sehr gute Buchkritik in DIE ZEIT Nr. 44 vom 21. Oktober 2004).Ein sehr spannendes Buch - ich habe es verschlungen. Die Nachrichten der kürzlich vergangenen Zeit liess ich noch einmal aus einer anderen Sicht Revue passieren.

    27. Adam on said:

      Seymour Hersh, brilliant journalist and regular contributor to The New Yorker, writes about his investigations of the events of 9/11, the Abu Ghraib scandal, and everything in between. Just like the cover says, really. Important book to read if you truly want to understand what's going on in American politics and in the Middle East.

    28. Stacy Lewis on said:

      Amazing account of the workings of the Bush presidency and the tunnel vision with which they operate. Hersh says it best at the end "There are many who believe George Bush is a liarbut lying would indicate an understandingA more plausible explanation is that words have no meaning for this President. and so he believes that his mere utterance makes them real."

    29. Anita on said:

      The American Armed Forces and politicians are guilty of appalling crimes - torture on a grand scale, false imprisonments, mass murders Why are they so often portrayed in the media as the 'good guys' and not held accountable? The well-researched 'Chain of Command' goes into great detail to explain why.

    30. Adam Stauthamer on said:

      Hersh has done a great service by bringing to light that what was done in our name. It is difficult to reconcile all our government does with our values as Americans. But that such criticism is possible is testament to our continued ability to try and get it right and improve how we get things done. Silence kills the revolution.

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