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Rule of Law, Misrule of Men (Boston Review Books) Hardcover – April 2, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0262014274 ISBN-10: 0262014270

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  • Series: Boston Review Books
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262014270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262014274
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harvard professor of aesthetics Scarry (The Body in Pain) develops a forceful condemnation of Bush-era government excesses while articulating a broad philosophy of governance and consent. Scarry makes a provocative case against President Bush and Vice President Cheney for conspiracy to murder American citizens, based on the willful misrepresentation of facts that led America's military into war. She examines how American soldiers, in turn, were led to practice not just torture but all manner of treachery and perfidy as defined by the Geneva and Hague Conventions and by the rules and standards of our own military, including attacks on hospitals, denial of medical treatment to prisoners, and inciting the assassination of enemy leaders. Scarry reserves her greatest indignation for how the Patriot Act has perverted the relationship between citizens and their government, eliminating privacy for citizens while shrouding the actions of their government in secrecy—rendering hollow the citizenry's consent to be governed. A cogent and frightening reminder of what's at stake for us as a nation. (Apr.)
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"Excoriating and elegant, Elaine Scarry takes us to the big issues: why the rule of law matters, what went wrong, and what is needed to put it right." Philippe Sands, author of Lawless World and Torture Team, Professor of Law, University College London



"Some of the most trenchant and passionate analysis of the politics of democracy and terror in the United States. These essays are a searing call to conscience, an eloquent plea for justice, and a damning indictment of the Bush administration's response to 9/11." David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University, coauthor of Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Haak on February 6, 2013
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Scarry's excellent book lays out the ripple effect of America's post-9/11 abandonment of respect for law, both domestic and international. She shows that when law is thrown out the window and replaced by fiat and secrecy, more than democracy is undone. The very floodgates holding back retro barbarism are opened wide and there is no haven permitted anywhere --- anywhere at all --- for men to establish conventions for mercy and for making trustworthy statements when situations disintegrate into extreme danger and war. The philosophical ramifications are well presented and fully explored

Scarry presents pertinent facts and outlines routes by which citizens can halt the deluge. Her program is practical and not pie in the sky. A responsible citizenry would achieve much thereby. Since the latter is highly unlikely to materialize, it's just as well that the book devotes lots of attention to the absorbing philosophical issues involved. In showing us what we are losing, probably forever, she provides loads of clarification and discerns threads of meaning & necessity in the mad tangle of human folly.

There are glimpses here of the irreversible sea changes moving inexerably beneath the surface of our times. A humane future is being foreclosed for all human beings, due to the present trends indicated in the title of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce P. Barten on February 10, 2014
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One of the big issues is the secret nature of investigations that go on for years until some group can be identified and trapped with activities that someone provides financial support for, with the dirty nature of unusual transactions applying to amounts that exceed $5000 that a bank considers suspicious in nature. Financial support is like giving tax credits to somebody that gets some real killers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SubBear on June 2, 2014
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I ordered it, I received it promptly, it was in excellent condition. I look forward to reading it....Amazon is really annoying the way it makes you just keep writing a certain number of words just to rate a buying experience. Kind of discourages a person from bothering, frankly.
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