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The One Percent Doctrine

Deep Inside America’s Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11

Ron Suskind

Simon & Schuster, $27, 367 pp.

The One Percent Doctrine, Ron Suskind’s anatomy of the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” reads more like a thriller than the serious journalism it is. A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Suskind has a firm grasp on the dramatic aspects of his subject, and his book-a largely chronological narrative of the actions of the Department of Defense and various intelligence agencies since September 11, 2001-vibrates with suspense. Indeed...

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Nick Baumann is the news editor for Mother Jones.