'May well be the best bit of contemporary investigative journalism you will read . . . follows a paper trail and nails the truth' Rod Liddle, Sunday Times
Gripping, furious and very serious indeed' John le Carre
After 9/11, the Bush's administration declared that it would have to work through 'the dark side'. And they did: the administration turned its back on the rules and on America's commitment to the dignity of every human person. It embraced torture, ensuring it found the legal advice that justified cruelty. Voices of dissent - in the military and elsewhere - were pushed aside, as ideology and incompetence promoted violent and illegal interrogation techniques.
In Torture Team, Philippe Sands tracks down those responsible and, in their own words, shows how they allowed war crimes to be committed. In so doing, he opens the door to accountability and justice.
'It was not skulking renegades who emboldened ordinary Americans to strip and leash their captives, to expose them to snarling dogs and to half-drown them. It was suited attorneys' Sadakat Kadri, Daily Telegraph
'How did a state conceived in awe of The Rights of Man make psychopaths of its children? . . . Meticulously, soberly, astonishingly, [Sands] finds the answer' Rafael Behr, Observer