Rigorous, honest, devastating; I couldn't put it down. (Vanessa Redgrave)
Gripping, furious and very serious indeed. (John le Carré)
Sands has written a page-turning investigation into one of the darkest mysteries in American history: how a country that has led the world on human rights came to embrace a policy of barbaric abuse. One by one, he corners the suspects and sifts the clues, shedding new light at each step along the way. (Jane Mayer, staff writer, The New Yorker Magazine)
Philippe Sands has uncovered the proper assignment of responsibility for torture and cruel and unusual punishment administered by the U.S. in the so-called Global War on Terror. Read this book to learn who made these decisions. More importantly, read it to learn how under George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney America abandoned its strongest pillar of power--its own integrity. (Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell)
A remorseless, shocking, forensic narrative, Torture Team leads us from Rumsfeld's office in the Pentagon, via a score of eager-to-please lawyers and bureaucrats, and shows us the brutal consequences for one detainee. The parallel with Nazi Germany's descent into immorality is impossible to escape. This may well be the most important book to emerge since 9/11. (Robert Harris, journalist and bestselling author of Pompeii, Imperium and The Ghost)
Sands's...book put[s] "the torture team" - the group of more than a half dozen Bush Administration lawyers who gave the green light for the introduction of torture - into sharp focus. (Scott Horton, Harper's Magazine)
Torture Team, Sands's book...may well be the best bit of contemporary investigative journalism you will read: it is right up there with Woodward and Bernstein, a tour de force of relentlessly dogged pursuit, of interviews with guilty men acquired against all the odds, a beautifully told and humane narrative that follows a paper trail and nails the truth. (The Sunday Times (London))
Philippe Sands uses extensive interviews and documents to portray with painstaking accuracy what occurred in the White House - and that it did so because lawyers at the highest levels of government enabled it to happen…Torture Team's purpose is not solely to ascribe blame, however, though it does so with clarity and precision. Sands' other goal is to consider redress for these crimes. (The Financial Times)
No wonder the former Rumsfeld capo, Douglas Feith, is trying to discredit a damaging interview he gave to the British lawyer Philippe Sands for another recent and essential book on what happened, Torture Team. (Frank Rich, The New York Times)
Philippe Sands is an international lawyer and a professor of law at University College London. He is the author of Lawless World and is frequently a commentator on news and current affairs programs including CNN, MSNBC, and BBC World Service. He has been involved in many leading international cases, including those involving the treatment of British detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He lives in London, England.
On June 6, 1944, the Operations Officer of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division came upon dead American paratroopers suspended from trees who had their... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Thurston
Torture Team by Philippe Sands 598 words
Palgrave Macmillan, 2008, hardcover, 254 pp, $26.95
Reviewed by John Stickler
If there were a literary casting agency... Read more
Compeling read and case against the man who really needs to b in jail.
Our values were betrayed and it is hard to believe so many
stilol do not see the betrayal.
I got this to read the epilogue. I read the original text in 2011. I have always been appalled that no one in the Bush WH has ever been taken to task for their criminal behavior... Read morePublished on February 13, 2013 by Laura O'Shea
gruesome account of the atrocities at Gitmo. Collected great evidence to make a solid argument. I highly suggest his interviews on NPR. Read morePublished on January 27, 2011 by Michael Courtney
This seems to me, as to most of the foregoing reviewers, an admirable work of persevering, responsible research (and a really gripping story) well worth reading. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by gw
In December 2002, Donald Rumsfeld approved a memo outlining new "Counter-Resistance Techniques" or "aggressive interrogation techniques" for use with selected detainees at... Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by R. M. Peterson
"Military necessity does not admit of cruelty, nor of torture to extort confessions." Abraham Lincoln, 1863. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Edwin C. Pauzer
liberal pratter.....by this author we should miranda a terrorist prior to capture,provide health care to his dependents and refund the 9/11 hijackers their unused frequent flyer... Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by William C. Mcdaniel