Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$7.11
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Light wear. No markings. Ships via Amazon. Thanks!
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable Paperback – September 1, 2009

5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

See all 5 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$5.15 $0.01

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate by Gary J. Byrne
New In Conservative Outlook
Enjoy a new selection of books in conservative politics. Learn more | See related books
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

"A must-read for anyone trying to reconstruct and understand how the US ended up using medieval torture methods in the 21st Century." Clive Stafford Smith - Director of Reprieve and author of "Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons". --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Also a traditional watercolorist whose paintings have been exhibited in the Mall galleries in London, David Cole is now absorbed in the simulation of natural media using digital painting software and publishes tutorials with Corel Painter Official Magazine. Visit his website at www.davidcolepictures.co.uk.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: New Press, The (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595584927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595584922
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 3 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
Before I purchased this book I was not sure if it would be worth buying a book that included Torture Memos which could easily be found on the Internet. I read David Cole's 40 page Introductory Commentary in the bookstore and was very impressed by his analysis and commentary. Again I debated whether I needed to buy the book and decided, "yes" I want to keep this book for ready reference. It is easier to have the Memos collected in print in one place.

In addition, David Cole combines enough legal ethics for the non-lawyer to understand where the OLC lawyers can be held accountable for providing false justifications to the CIA to commit torture. David Cole is professor of law at Georgetown but this does not mean that he cannot write like a human being with a conscience. His commentary is a great intellectual support to decent people who know in their gut that what the CIA did to captured Al Qaeda suspects, with the blessings of the OLC and top leaders in the Bush Administration, including President Bush himself, was morally wrong and illegal as well. One by one Mr. Cole exposes the rationalizations and approach of the OLC lawyers to a legal and ethical perspective.

My only suggestion for Mr. Cole would have been that he include the International Committee of the Red Cross report in his book if possible. When we read the report of actual interviews of the suspected Al Quaeda prisoners, it really adds the human and subjective element to the Torture Memos. One may ask how can we trust the testimony of 14 Al Quaeda suspects to be reliable? The 14 suspects were interviewed seperately and they all seemed to tell a story which was consistent with what the Memos approved. This would underscore what was being done in our name by the CIA.
Read more ›
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Professor Cole has done a masterful job demonstrating how the Bush administration perverted the rule of law. It remains amazing that no one has ever been prosecuted for the laws that were broken by lawyers who were sworn to uphold the constitution.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Specific focus (and texts) on the key torture memos of the Bush administration. A scary example of the political instrumentalization of law.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse