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Power Wars: The Relentless Rise of Presidential Authority and Secrecy

Charlie Savage

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Prose: non-fiction, Political science & theory

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie Savage asks "Has Obama become Bush?" in this deeply reported investigation of the national security state.

Barack Obama promised change from George W. Bush's global war on terrorism. But the Obama administration used drones to kill suspected militants and vacuumed data on Americans' phone calls. Obama criticized Bush's unilateralism and secrecy, but launched wars without going to Congress and presided over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks.

With extensive reporting, Savage explores how and why Obama and his legal team--an elite, liberal group who vowed to restore the rule of law--end up accused of entrenching the sweeping powers of the post-9/11 security state. If legitimate, the accusation stands to change the legacy of Obama's entire presidency.

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Charlie Savage

Charlie Savage began his reporting career in 1999, covering local and state government for the Miami Herald. In 2003, he joined the Boston Globe's Washington Bureau. Savage lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.
Author Location: Washington, D.C.

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