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Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror

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ISBN-13: 978-0700616435
ISBN-10: 0700616438
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"A masterful and timely study. Bruff explains how and why top lawyers in the Bush administration decided to manipulate the law for political ends. He also provides thoughtful and seasoned advice on how to restore our constitutional government." Louis Fisher, author of The Constitution and 9/11 "An important book of astonishing breadth. With lucid and compelling prose, Bruff brilliantly exposes the flawed reasoning in the legal opinions supporting Bush policies in the war on terror." Nancy V. Baker, author of General Ashcroft: Attorney at War "A wonderfully written and compellingly readable book - for legal scholars but also, and really more importantly, for our fellow citizens." --Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith"

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"A masterful and timely study. Bruff explains how and why top lawyers in the Bush administration decided to manipulate the law for political ends. He also provides thoughtful and seasoned advice on how to restore our constitutional government."--Louis Fisher, author of The Constitution and 9/11

"An important book of astonishing breadth. With lucid and compelling prose, Bruff brilliantly exposes the flawed reasoning in the legal opinions supporting Bush policies in the war on terror."--Nancy V. Baker, author of General Ashcroft: Attorney at War

"A wonderfully written and compellingly readable book--for legal scholars but also, and really more importantly, for our fellow citizens."--Sanford Levinson, author of Constitutional Faith

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  • Hardcover: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Kansas (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700616438
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700616435
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Neely on May 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We are now in an intense national debate about Bush administration policies that affect persons suspected of attacking America on and after 9/11. If you want to understand the role of indispensable players in the formulation of these policies -- the lawyers who advised President Bush, Vice President Cheney, and others in the Executive branch -- you will read "Bad Advice." The author, Harold Bruff, a leading expert on the separation of powers (see another of his books, "Balance of Forces"), tells the story with great care and without ideological bias; the book may be profitably read both by supporters and critics of the Bush administration. Mr. Bruff looks at dilemmas long faced by advisors who want to support their president, while at the same time giving him opinions consistent with the law. He analyzes how President Bush's lawyers fared in three cases: authorization of warrantless surveillance, detetion and trial of suspected enemies, and interrogation of detainees.

Although all lawyers will want this book on their shelves, it is by no means just for insiders. Bruff, ever attentive to the human element, gives insights into persons currently in the news -- Alberto Gonzales, John Yoo, Jay Bybee, David Addington to name a few -- and others from earlier times, including Sir Thomas More, Abraham Lincoln (his own best lawyer), and Robert Jackson, FDR's Attorney General, a Supreme Court Justice, and lead prosecutor at Nuremberg.

In the tradition of all good books, "Bad Advice" not only informs, it entertains.
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Bad Advice: Bush's Lawyers in the War on Terror

Are you confused by all the reports of what was going on in the White House when one branch of our government sanctioned torture? This book identifies all the players, gathers all the details and sorts it all out in an orderly fashion. It filters what happened through the lens of time and how our three branches of government worked together both successfully and unsuccessfully over the last two hundred years to set our country's policies. Have a copy of the Constitution at hand while you read this book and determine for yourself how things went wrong.
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The author deals in nuanced depth with issues that are both immediate and have far reaching long term implications, demonstrating passion for our legal traditions and constitution, but not for any one particular "side". The analysis is both comprehensive and persuasive, but, even more important, wholly accessible. Bruff demonstrates that someone who is a genuine master of a subject can explain it clearly to any intelligent person, whether or not they come to it with a professional's experience and background. That is why even non-lawyers witn an interest in how the law interacts with policy where the rubber hits the road will enjoy receiving their own "Bad Advice".
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