Though many books are placed on hold immediately as they are published, these two flew under the radar this week! Check them out!
“Carle, who retired in 2007 after 23 years as a member of the CIA’s Clandestine Service, recounts his toughest assignment: interrogating a top-level al-Qaeda detainee at two different overseas locations a year after 9/11. As deputy national intelligence officer for transnational threats, Carle was one of the three most senior officers for terrorism in the intelligence community focused on al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden before 9/11. The detainee, referred to as CAPTUS, was kidnapped off a street in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and after interrogating him day after day, Carle begins to suspect that the CIA grabbed the wrong man.
His colleagues remain unconvinced, and against Carle’s recommendation, move CAPTUS to the “Hotel California,” a notorious detention facility that holds the most dangerous, recalcitrant suspects. Following CAPTUS to the new location, Carle struggles to figure out how far he should push the interrogation and whether he is now an unwilling witness to torture. Carle captures the spirit of the CIA–its bureaucracy, dedication, machismo–in a voice that manages to be descriptive, analytical, reflective, and philosophical in turn. Despite the CIA’s numerous redactions (the author notes that the CAPTUS story is even darker than he can say), the narrative raises pointed, timely, and important questions about the policies of the CIA and the U.S. government as they ramped up the global war on terror. ” (Review from Publisher’s Weekly)
“A Patriot’s History of the United States has become a modern classic for its defense of America as a unique country that has always tried to live up to the principles of justice, equality, and freedom for all.
Now, The Patriot’s History Reader continues this tradition by going back to the original sources the documents, speeches, and legal decisions that shaped our country into what it is today.
The authors explore both oft-cited documents the Declaration of Independence, Emancipation Proclamation, and Roe v. Wade as well as those that are less famous. Among these are George Washington’s letter to Alexander Hamilton, which essentially defined America’s military strategy for the next 150 years, and Herbert Hoover’s 1924 speech on business ethics, which redefined the government’s role in regulating private enterprise.
By helping readers explore history at its source, the authors shed new light on the principles and personalities that have made America great.
Praise for A Patriot’s History of the United States:
“This book has taught me more about our history than any I’ve read in years. A Patriot’s History of the United States should be required reading for all Americans.” Glenn Beck
“A fluid account of America, from the discovery of the continent up to the present day.” The Wall Street Journal (Overview from Barnes and Noble.com)”