"A fascinating and disturbing book, providing the most authoritative account of torture yet available and conforming to the best traditions of scholarship."—Richard Falk, Princeton University
“A masterful account of an appalling national drift toward accepting torture as part of our culture and polity.”—Alex Gibney, director, Oscar-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side
“This book gives the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about the use of torture by the United States intelligence service.”—Jennifer Harbury, author of Truth, Torture, and the American Way
“McCoy, our finest thinker on the issue of torture, describes its legalization under Bush and the damage caused to morality, law, and our future by Obama's granting of impunity to the torturers. Readers will come away with the understanding that the United States' commitment to human rights was tested by 9/11—and it failed.”—Michael Ratner, president emeritus, Center for Constitutional Rights
About the Author
Alfred W. McCoy is the J.R.W. Smail Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His many books include Policing America’s Empire and A Question of Torture.