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Reign of terror : how the 9/11 era destabilized America and produced Trump

Title
Reign of terror : how the 9/11 era destabilized America and produced Trump / Spencer Ackerman.
ISBN
9781984879776
1984879774
9781984879783
Publication
[New York] : Viking, [2021]
Physical Description
xviii, 428 pages ; 24 cm
Summary
"An examination of the profound impact that the War on Terror had in pushing American politics and society in an authoritarian direction for an entire generation, at home and abroad, the United States has waged an endless conflict known as the War on Terror. In addition to multiple ground wars, it has pioneered drone strikes and industrial-scale digital surveillance, as well as detaining people indefinitely and torturing them. These conflicts have yielded neither peace nor victory, but they have transformed America. What began as the persecution of Muslims and immigrants has become a normalized, paranoid feature of American politics and security, expanding the possibilities for applying similar or worse measures against other targets at home. A politically divided country turned the War on Terror into a cultural and then tribal struggle, first on the ideological fringes and ultimately expanding to conquer the Republican Party, often with the timid acquiescence of the Democratic Party. Today's nativist resurgence walked through a door opened by the 9/11 era. Reign of Terror will show how these policies created a foundation for American authoritarianism and, though it is not a book about Donald Trump, it will provide a critical explanation of his rise to power and the sources of his political strength. It will show that Barack Obama squandered an opportunity to dismantle the War on Terror after killing Osama bin Laden. That mistake turns out to have been portentous. By the end of his tenure, the war metastasized into a broader and bitter culture struggle in search of a demagogue like Trump to lead it. A union of journalism and intellectual history, Reign of Terror will be a pathbreaking and definitive book with the power to transform how America understands its national security policies and their catastrophic impact on its civic life"-- Provided by publisher.
Other formats
Online version: Ackerman, Spencer. Reign of terror [New York] : Viking, [2021]
Format
Books
Language
English
Added to Catalog
September 22, 2021
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-416) and index.
Contents
Introduction: Neither peace nor victory
Prologue : The worst terrorist attack in American history
9/11 and the security state
9/11 and the Right
Liberal complicity in the war on terror
Obama and the "sustainable" war on terror
The right vs. Obama's war on terror
The Left vs. Obama's war on terror
The decadent phase of the war on terror and the rise of Trump
Making the war on terror great again
The invisible enemy.
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