You may think you know what the "war on terror" is. But to know it
truly, you must read this book.
Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and bestselling author Ron Suskind takes
you deep inside America's real battles with violent, unrelenting terrorists
-- a game of kill-or-be-killed, from the Oval Office to the streets of
Suskind has written a riveting work of narrative nonfiction, filled with
exclusive, historically significant disclosures that will echo across
America and the world.
What is the guiding principle of the world's most powerful nation as it
searches for enemies at home and abroad? The One Percent Doctrine is the
deeply secretive core of America's real playbook: a default strategy,
designed by Dick Cheney, that separates America from its moorings, and has driven everything -- from war in Afghanistan to war in Iraq to the global
search for jihadists.
The story begins on September 12, 2001, the day America began to gather
itself for a response to the unimaginable. Ultimately, that reply would
shape the nation's very character.
Suskind tells us what actually occurred over the next three years, from the
inside out, by tracing the steps of the key actors -- the notables,
from the President and Vice President to George Tenet and Condoleeza Rice,
who oversee the "war on terror" and report progress back to an anxious nation; and the invisibles, the men and women just
below the line of sight, left to improvise plans to defeat a new kind of
enemy in an hour-by-hour race against disaster. The internal battles between
these two teams -- one, under the hot lights; the other, actually fighting
the fight -- reveal everything about what America faces, and what it has
done, in this age of terror.
Who is actually running U.S. foreign policy? Is there an operational cell,
armed with WMDs, inside the United States? Have some of the world's most
dangerous terrorists -- including leaders of al Qaeda -- been caught and
accidentally released? Can America prevail in this struggle against enemies
who are patient, ingenious, certain, and have clear tactical advantage?
With his unparalled access to senior officials, past and present, Ron
Suskind -- author of The Price of Loyalty, the most revealing book
yet written on the Bush administration -- finally answers the questions that
keep Americans awake at night.
And in the startling book, he reframes the debates that roil the globe.