About the book:
A devastating indictment of the Bush administration's war policies from the
bestselling columnist and respected moral authority.
With the words "this Crusade, this war on terror," President George W. Bush
defined the purpose of his presidency. And, just as promptly, James Carroll -- Boston Globe columnist, son of a general, former antiwar chaplain and activist, and recognized voice of ethical authority -- began a
week-by-week argument with the administration over its actions. In powerful,
passionate bulletins, Carroll dissected the president's exploitation of the
nation's fears, his invocations of a Christian mission, and efforts to
overturn America's traditional relations -- with other nations and with its own
Crusade, the first collection of Carroll's searing columns, offers a
comprehensive and tough-minded critique of the war on terror. From Carroll's
first rejection of "war" as the proper response to Osama bin Laden, to
his prescient verdict of failure in Iraq, to his never-before-published analysis
of the faith-based roots of current U.S. policies, this volume displays his rare
insight and scope. Combining clear moral consciousness, an acute sense of
history, and a real-world grasp of the unforgiving demands of politics, Crusade is
a compelling call for the rescue of America's noblest traditions.
A cry from the heart, a record of protest, and a permanently relevant
analysis, Carroll's work confronts the Bush era and measures it against what America was
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James Carroll is the bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning memoir An American Requiem; Constantine's Sword, a history of Christian anti-Semitism; and ten novels. He lectures widely on war and peace and on Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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