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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; First Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599956802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599956800
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,471,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Ashcroft served as Attorney General of the United States from January 2001 to February 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served in the United States Senate and as the Governor of Missouri.

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As a governor, senator, and attorney general, John Ashcroft never shied away from controversy, and he remains one of most polarizing figures of President George W. Bush's tenure. In NEVER AGAIN, Ashcroft offers opponents and supporters alike the rare opportunity to learn more about how 9/11, the Patriot Act, the execution of Timothy McVeigh, and other tragic and controversial events affected him politically and personally. Ashcroft addresses these issues and events candidly and without apology. He is a surprisingly animated reader, who allows his emotions to show. This straightforward style adds to the book's appeal, especially when Ashcroft offers his unfiltered perspective on how these events will impact American and global security in the short- and long-term. D.J.S. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Fretwell on September 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed John Ashcroft's account of what he did, and why. It is an easy, informative, and enjoyable read. In my mind I had rated the book very highly, and told my wife that the mainstream news media had not done him or the Patriot Act justice. But then I decided to look into the Patriot Act for myself -- because Ashcroft's accounting of what the Act does is so different than what the news media has claimed. My conclusion is that the news media was as shallow as usual, worthy of little attention as a source of real information; and John Ashcroft was a bit strong in some of his own assertions. I rated the book down a bit because of this overassertion, but it is still a book well worth reading.

Here is what I found on two key points:

1.) Ashcroft spends considerable time describing the problem of the "wall" between criminal and subversive surveillance operations, which he fought to tear down. However, that this wall even existed was found by the Federal Surveillance Court of Review to have actually been a long-held misinterpretation by government agencies. I don't see this new insight as either pro-Ashcroft or anti-Ashcroft. I was in Government long enough to know that such misinterpretations indeed happen.

It is a bit humorous (or not so humorous from another perspective) that the Attorney General of the United States can't get clear interpretations of the law from his scores of government attorneys!

2.) Ashcroft claimed that the Patriot Act still does not allow any undisclosed surveillance without FISA judicial consent. This claim is so counter to the news media's claims, I paid it special attention. It turns out that Ashcroft's claim is too strong in two particular areas:

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Josephine A. Franks on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading Ascroft's book. I couldn't put it down. It is a real spy thriller. We need more men like Mr. John Ascroft. He comes across as sincere, caring, patriotic, selfless, spiritual, intelligent and a true American. Nobody should have to put up with the kinds of attacks that he suffered through. I say God bless him and his family and give him some peace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jee on February 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Must read for all Americans. Will help you understand
how it is that we were attacked on 911, what prevented
our law enforcement agencies from protecting us & how that
was rectified to a large extent by The Patriot Act
and the efforts of those entrusted with our protection
from future attacks. Even those concerned with our civil
should read this book so they can see that every effort
was made to protect our rights & at the same time, prevent
another such attack.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Frank Bosco on January 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a terribly important book written by a man in the epicenter of the national response to the awful attacks of September 11, 2001. Without rancour or bitterness (despite his vilification at the hands of the predominantly liberal press), John Ashcroft lays out in detail the events following 9/11 and his horrific discoveries of the ineptitude and blindness of the previous administration in combatting terrorism within our borders. It exposes Clinton's "At least I tried" admonition to Chris Wallace for the bald faced lie that it was.....We have recently returned to power in congress the party principally responsible (although certainly not solely so) for the inadequacies so meticulously detailed by the former Attorney General. I hope that this book gives them pause before attempting to turn back the clock.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Skinner on June 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
Please don't wear your political hat when you judge this book. Whether or not you agree with Mr Ashcroft, you must agree this book provides insider details that are intriguing. Ashcroft spends much of the book vigorously defending the PATRIOT act, with numerous success stories of its use in the war on terror. I think many of these stories have escaped the proper attention that the press should have given them. Mr Ashcroft also provides interesting accounts of his interactions with political enemies in the senate. I found it amusing that some senators would be so vicious in front of the TV cameras, yet cordial with Ashcroft off camera. One thing missing in this book is Ashcroft's views on the war in Iraq, although I would be surprised if he isn't 100% behind the President.

One final thought... Mr Ashcroft comes across as an old fashioned gentleman with good character. I suppose he would value that more than any political accomplishment over his lifetime.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John on November 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was a bit sceptical when I picked this book up. By the way, I voted for Bush in 2004. I think it is an honest book. I agree with Ashcroft on virtually everything he writes, as applied to Islamic terrorists (I personally might even have gone farther than him, too).

What I didn't really agree on was when he equates people with morality with people who "follow rigid moral codes" (i.e. Biblical religion). At more than one point in the book he states, "this is a man who followed an absolute moral code". I really almost laughed, because I thought: well, that is the problem in our world, no ? People who get their morality out of a book and hold it to be "absolute Truth", with zero tolerance for other ways. Doesn't Ashcroft realize that the people we are fighting have also the exact same "absolute moral code" (and no tolerance and no sense of humor ?). No, I am not saying Christians are the same as Islamists, but I just wonder if Ashcroft really thinks about this hard.

I also would have liked a discussion on how Ashcroft tried to make "Verboten" things like marajuana pipes and pornography, which have nothing to do with terrorism and are "lifestyle crimes" (he wanted to make it illegal to own pipes that some FBI agent certifies as being "potentially useful for smoking pot".

I still support Ashcroft, and even though I have those reservations, I think he did a good job post-Sep.11. Like I said, the book is honest, but I wish he was more self-reflective about the above issues.
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