Scott Shane has written an accessible and engaging story of the first U.S. citizen to be hunted and killed without trial by drone warfare. The book follows Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was a Yemeni-American Imam. He ends up in Yemen, preaching against the United States and advocating violence against the U.S.
The thing I found most interesting about this book is the targeting of a U.S. citizen for a drone strike without due process of law was ordered by a President who taught Constitutional Law prior to be elected to the U.S. Senate. I would have expected something like this from George W. Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 when the county was reacting to everything out of fear of another attack. But the fact that it came from Obama goes to show how much 9/11 and the Global War on Terror has affected political decision-making.
The book is well-researched. Scott Shane knows his material well. As a result, the book is well-written and easy to read. Even difficult material is easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was very surprised by how our government continues to use drone strikes to kill “terrorists”. If you want to understand the origin of drone warfare and its use to eliminate terror suspects, this is the book for you.
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