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Reign of terror : how the 9/11 era destabilized America and produced Trump / Spencer Ackerman.

Ackerman, Spencer, (author.).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 973.931 ACK (Text) 33500013454145 New Checked out 09/30/2021

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781984879776
  • ISBN: 1984879774
  • Physical Description: xviii, 428 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York] : Viking, [2021]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-416) and index.
Summary, etc.:
"An examination of the profound impact that the War on Terror had in pushing American politics and society in an authoritarian direction for an entire generation, at home and abroad, the United States has waged an endless conflict known as the War on Terror. In addition to multiple ground wars, it has pioneered drone strikes and industrial-scale digital surveillance, as well as detaining people indefinitely and torturing them. These conflicts have yielded neither peace nor victory, but they have transformed America. What began as the persecution of Muslims and immigrants has become a normalized, paranoid feature of American politics and security, expanding the possibilities for applying similar or worse measures against other targets at home. A politically divided country turned the War on Terror into a cultural and then tribal struggle, first on the ideological fringes and ultimately expanding to conquer the Republican Party, often with the timid acquiescence of the Democratic Party. Today's nativist resurgence walked through a door opened by the 9/11 era. Reign of Terror will show how these policies created a foundation for American authoritarianism and, though it is not a book about Donald Trump, it will provide a critical explanation of his rise to power and the sources of his political strength. It will show that Barack Obama squandered an opportunity to dismantle the War on Terror after killing Osama bin Laden. That mistake turns out to have been portentous. By the end of his tenure, the war metastasized into a broader and bitter culture struggle in search of a demagogue like Trump to lead it. A union of journalism and intellectual history, Reign of Terror will be a pathbreaking and definitive book with the power to transform how America understands its national security policies and their catastrophic impact on its civic life"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 August #1
    *Starred Review* Attempting the near impossible, national-security correspondent Ackerman offers a book stuffed to the brim with details discussing the events leading to 9/11 and how America's response paved the way for the ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency 15 years later, while still acknowledging his project's incompleteness. The bulk of the book focuses on how the political left and right each chose to frame the War on Terror and how the Security State continues to entrench itself in daily life. This book is often a grim recitation of how facts are conflated with political maneuvers, like equating Saddam Hussein with al-Qaeda and then-President Bush asserting that Iraq held weapons of mass destruction. But Democrats Clinton, Kerry, and Biden also acquiesced to the war that followed. CIA machinations thread through every chapter, especially when the wrong people are spied on for the wrong reasons. The book gives readers a deeper-than-headlines take on Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, and Julian Assange. Ackerman asserts that Trump used the War on Terror as an instrument of his will. This book does a masterful job communicating how nothing is as it seems. As for what to make of that assertion, the onus is on the reader. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001.
National security > United States > History > 21st century.
United States > Military policy.
United States > Foreign relations > 21st century.
United States > Politics and government > 2001-2009.
United States > Politics and government > 2009-2017.
Diplomatic relations.
Military policy.
National security.
Politics and government.
United States.
Genre: History.

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