Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State - Dana Priest, William M. Arkin

For those who read the initial installments of Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State (Little, Brown, $27.99) in The Washington Post, this book offers an even more extensive, astonishing, alarming, and ultimately dismaying look at the growth of America’s classified world. Authors Dana Priest and William M. Arkin go beyond startling statistics about the rising numbers of security clearances, intelligence reports, and mysterious office complexes to provide case after case documenting the bloat and chaos of the security state. Among the issues they examine are the proliferation of government anti-terrorism programs, the wasteful redundancy of Northern Command, the adoption by local law-enforcement of programs and equipment originally developed to fight terrorists, and the admission by several top intelligence and military officials that even they don’t fully grasp all the programs under their responsibility. In fact, one of the most revealing aspects of the book is how many of those involved in this secret world are themselves upset about all the duplicative or necessary programs.

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ISBN: 9780316182201
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 11th, 2012

Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America's Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda - Eric Schmitt, Thom Shanker

You will find some newsy revelations in Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda (Times Books, $27). But what really makes this book significant is the overarching story Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker have pieced together about the evolution of thinking within the Bush and Obama administrations. They explain in considerable detail how the strategy for combating violent extremism has progressed from President Bush’s initial instinct to dispatch U.S. forces to kill or capture terrorists, to what is now a much more nuanced and complex approach aimed at trying to deter terrorism through all sorts of means. This can range from going after the financing of terrorist networks to information operations designed to discredit al Qaeda among the larger Muslim public. Just like deterrence policy during the Cold War, this new deterrence strategy against terrorists and their supporters can, the authors suggest, eventually succeed in altering enemy behavior.

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ISBN: 9781250012197
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - August 7th, 2012

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin - Erik Larson

Nazi Germany remains a deep well of untold stories. With In the Garden of Beasts (Crown, $26), Erik Larson provides a fresh look at pre-war Berlin from the perspective of an “average” American family. The family in question is that of William Dodd, who accepted the post of ambassador to Germany at a time when no one else would take it. Dodd was unlike almost all other ambassadors in that he was neither rich nor from a well-known family; he was a college professor. Dodd and his family went to Germany with a certain bright-eyed naiveté: Dodd thought he could bring American reason to Nazi leaders and Margaret, his daughter, was impressed by the trappings of life in the “New Germany.” Slowly, they came to see Hitler’s Germany for what it really was.

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ISBN: 9780307408846
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Published: Crown - May 10th, 2011

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ISBN: 9780307408853
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Published: Crown - May 1st, 2012

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