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Lawless World: The Whistle-Blowing Account of How Bush and Blair Are Taking the Law into TheirOwn Hands Paperback – September 26, 2006


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014303782X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037828
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,489,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“In this expert and judicious study, Philippe Sands portrays a frightening image of ‘America unbound,’ self-exempted from the delicate fabric of international law on which human survival rests.” —Noam Chomsky



“A penetrating and detailed account of the extent to which those who claim to be spreading global values have ridden roughshod over them.” —The Observer (London)



Lawless World goes to the very heart of the nature of the international order and its  future.” —The Guardian (London)

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"In this expert and judicious study, Philippe Sands portrays a frightening image of ‘America unbound,’ self-exempted from the delicate fabric of international law on which human survival rests."
—Noam Chomsky

"A penetrating and detailed account of the extent to which those who claim to be spreading global values have ridden roughshod over them."
The Observer (London)

"Lawless World goes to the very heart of the nature of the international order and its future."
The Guardian (London)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pearl Crescent on October 8, 2007
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Phillippe Sands "Lawless World" is a deeply disturbing book for anyone who shares my belief that America lives by the rules.

It is indeed a "whistle-blowing" account of just how many rules of international law the Bush administration, with the complicity of Tony Blair of Great Britain, flouted in the run-up to and execution of the Iraq war. For someone like me who previously knew next to nothing about the body of international law that exists, it is incredibly eye-opening.
From the Geneva Convention and its protocols, to the Convention against Torture (1984), and the Charter of the United Nations, Sands reveals in plain and readily understandable language just what this body of law contains, how it got there, and how and why the Iraq war violated so much of it.

I have been accused of being an idealist and a liberal. (Which makes me doubly tainted). If I am an idealist, it is because I grew up in a time and in a place where I cut my teeth on the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights. I grew up believing the U.S. was a country of ideals, rules, a code of ethics and fundamental decency, that we had a system of checks and balances that prevented any one arm of the government from becoming too powerful, and that this government governed with the consent of the governed.

When laws, whether domestic or international, are flouted without demur, as they have been by this administration, we are all of us, each and every one of us, at risk. To quote Sands, "what you take away from others you take away also from yourself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosalie G. Sundin on January 27, 2009
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Sands is a great lecturer on the Bush administration's violations of constitutional law. The book can be a bit heavy, but worth reading if you are researching what all happened behind the scenes and without mention by the news media.
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