Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers -- and outraged the Bush Administration -- with his explosive stories in The New Yorker, including his headline-making pieces on the abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Now, Hersh brings together what he has learned, along with new reporting, to answer the critical question of the last four years: How did America get from the clear morning when two planes crashed into the World Trade Center to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?
In Chain of Command, Hersh takes an unflinching look behind the public story of the war on terror and into the lies and obsessions that led America into Iraq. Hersh draws on sources at the highest levels of the American government and intelligence community, in foreign capitals, and on the battlefield for an unparalleled view of a critical chapter in America's recent history. In a new afterword, he critiques the government's failure to adequately investigate prisoner abuse -- at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere -- and punish those responsible. 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 more dangerous place for America.
pt. 1. Torture at Abu-Ghraib. A Guant??namo problem -- Photographs from a prison -- Crossing the line -- The gray zone -- pt. 2. Intelligence failure. How America's spies missed September 11th -- Why the government didn't know what it knew -- The twentieth man -- pt. 3. The other war. Afghanistan's secret battles -- The getaway -- A power base of warlords -- pt. 4. The Iraq hawks. The early fight to take on Saddam -- Getting closer -- Richard Perle goes to lunch -- pt. 5. Who lied to whom? March 2003, "These documents ... are in fact not authentic" -- Into the intelligence stovepipe -- Behind the "mushroom cloud" -- pt. 6. The secretary and the generals. Driving to Baghdad -- Manhunts -- Targeting the insurgency -- pt. 7. A most dangerous friend. Gambling on Musharraf -- The ultimate black market -- Washington's deal -- pt. 8. The Middle East after 9/11. Saudi Arabia: corruption and compromise -- Syria: a lost opportunity -- Iran: the next nuclear power? -- Israel, Turkey, and the Kurds.