In 2011, an elite group of US Navy SEALS stormed an enclosure in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and killed Osama bin Laden, the man the United States had begun chasing before the devastating attacks of 9/11. The news did much to boost President Obama's first term and played a major part in his reelection victory of the following year. But much of the story of that night, as presented to the world, was incomplete or a lie. The evidence of what actually went on remains hidden.
Since September 11, 2001, Seymour M. Hersh has riveted readers, and outraged the Bush Administration, with his stories in The New Yorker magazine, including his breakthrough pieces on the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Now, in Chain of Command, he brings together this reporting, along with new revelations, to answer the critical question of the last three years: how did America get from that clear morning in September to a divisive and dirty war in Iraq?
"journalistic coverage of Presidency gone bad"
Certainly, all the writing in The New Yorker is memorable, and this collection is no exception. The authors include such best sellers as Malcolm Gladwell, Seymour Hersh, and Jonathan Franzen - and the subjects range from the lives of short-order cooks to the secrets of college admissions.
"A random collection?"
"Snake Eyes" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "The Last Drop" by Ben McGrath; "The Vineyard Fracture" by Lauren Collins; "Watching Lebanon" by Seymour Hersh; "Stations of the Mel" by Christopher Buckley; "Blank Monday" by William Finnegan; and "On Duty" by David Denby.
"Nattering Nabobs" by David Remnick; "Giving Away My Fortune" by Adam Green; "Last Stand" by Seymour Hersh; "Blue-Collar Gold" by Tad Friend; "Boy Detective" by Nancy Franklin; and "Dressed to Kill" by David Denby.
Why did the system fail the Gulf War veterans? Did its leaders have an obligation to speak out on behalf of the veterans and demand that America's military hospitals stop turning them away? Here are Hersch's opinions on and answers to these questions. Investigative journalist and author, Seymour M. Hersh, is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters.
From the corridors of power in Washington to the prison cells of Guantanamo to the disease-ravaged communities of Africa, The New Yorker takes you directly to the scene of today's biggest stories. Along the way, you'll hear great reporting by such best-selling writers as Malcolm Gladwell, David Remnick, Ken Auletta, and Seymour Hersh.
"Watergate Days" by Seymour Hersh, "Turbulence" by David Sedaris, "In Case of Emergency" by James Surowiecki, "My Women" by Edmund White, "The Great Game Gone" by John Updike, "The Gift and the Curse" by Sasha Frere-Jones, and "Aiming Low" by David Denby.
"Base Appeals", by David Remnick; "Ninth Avenue Reverie", Oliver Sacks; "The Scene of the Crime", by Seymour M. Hersh; "Life Lines", by Daniel Zalewski; and "Running Free", by Anthony Lane.
"Unrealistic" by George Packer; "The Next Act" by Seymour Hersh; "Road Trips" by David Sedaris; "Cardinals Rule" by Roger Angell; "Do The Math" by Louis Menand; and "Liberal Education" by David Denby.
A discussion of the aftermath of September 11: the Bush Administration's "war on terrorism", the invasion of Iraq, the prison abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib, and what comes next. Mr. Hersh will also talk about his career and the status of investigative journalism in America.
"Find the facts that support your opnions"
"Recession Election", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "O LeBron, My LeBron!", by Ben McGrath; "The Online Threat", by Seymour Hersh; "Funny Person", by Kelefa Sanneh; and "Funny Person", by Kelefa Sanneh.
"Authorizations" by Seymour Hersh; "Rembrandt�s Ghost" by Simon Schama; "Anything Pink Rocks" by Alex Wilkinson; "Playdate" by Kate Walbert; "Travelling On" by Nancy Franklin; and "Loves Lost" by Anthony Lane.
"Not Scared" by Adam Gopnik, "A Farewell to Alms?" by James Surowiecki, "My Dog Is Tom Cruise" by Noah Baumbach, "Get Out the Vote" by Seymour M. Hersh, "Bloodsuckers" by John Colapinto, "Awaiting Orders" by Tobias Wolff, and "Making Mischief" by Anthony Lane.
"The Best Thing to Happen to Audible Ever"
There are six articles in this edition: "Disparities", by Steve Coll; "Prezbo vs. The Prof", by Lauren Collins; "Shifting Targets", by Seymour M. Hersh; "Our Man in Pyongyang", by Rebecca Mead; "All Together Now", by Peter Schjeldahl; and "Lost Men", by David Denby.
"The Letter" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Listening In" by Seymour Hersh; "Private Jihad" by Benjamin Wallace-Wells; "Caught" by Ian Frazier; "Central Casting" by Jeffrey Goldberg: What is the Democrats' best way to win?; and "Heaven Can Wait" by Anthony Lane.
"Obama's Iraq Problem" by George Packer; "Nothing Doing" by Roger Angell; "By a Nose" by Ben McGrath; "Preparing the Battlefield" by Seymour M. Hersh; "My Airline" by David Owen; "The Back of the World" by Adam Gopnik; and "Desperate Men" by David Denby.
"The Spat", by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Five on Five", by Lauren Collins; "How 'Bout Them Economy", by Nick Paumgarten; "Black Hole", by Lizzie Widdicombe; "A Strike in the Dark", by Seymour M. Hersh; "Thinking in the Rain", by Susan Orlean; "Living Pains", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Strangers", by Anthony Lane.
"Mad and Madder", by Nicholas Lemann; "Balancing Banks", by James Surowiecki; "Cash for Keys", by Tad Friend; "Syria Calling", by Seymour Hersh; "Shuttle Diplomacy", by Mike Peed; "Birds, Bees, Fish", by Ben McGrath; "The Longest Run", by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Changing Places", by Anthony Lane.
"Floor War" by Hendrik Hertzberg; "Waling" by Ben McGrath; "Up in the Air" by Seymour Hersh; "Getting Started" by Bruce McCall; "Darwin in the Dock" by Margaret Talbot; "Company Men" by David Denby.