**** The One Percent Doctrine Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 By Ron Suskind Almost zero tolerance.
The One Percent Doctrine was born when the current Bush administration learned that Pakistani nuclear experts had met with Osama bin Laden. From that point forward, official U.S. policy, as voiced by Vice President Dick Cheney, stated that if there was a one-percent chance of a threat against the United States coming to fruition, the administration would act first. Poking his narrative camera over the shoulders of the CIA operatives who tracked the terrorists, Suskind offers a firsthand view of the conflict between national intelligence and the administration that guided it.
Simon & Schuster. 367 pages. $27. ISBN: 0743271092
Washington Post ****1/2
"This is an important book, filled with the surest sign of great reporting: the unexpected. It enriches our understanding of even familiar episodes from the Bush administration's war on terror and tells some jaw-dropping stories we haven't heard before." BARTON GELLMAN
Baltimore Sun ****
"It is at once a page-turning, blow-by-blow, inside-the-administration account of the days, weeks, months and, eventually, years that followed the Sept. 11 attacks; an apologia for the Central Intelligence Agency during this time; and a critical but nonpolemical analysis of why this particular group of people acted in the way that they did during this critical period of the American story." MICHAEL HILL
Los Angeles Times ****
"It makes for deeply unsettling reading and is a major contribution to our national conversation concerning these issues.... Unlike other books that have preceded this one, the author does not rely wholly on unnamed sources, which is entirely to his credit as a reporter and adds immeasurably to this book's effect." TIM RUTTEN
New York Times ****
"In fleshing out key relationships among administration members ... it adds some big, revealing chunks to the evolving jigsaw-puzzle portrait of this White House and its modus operandi, while also giving the reader some up close and personal looks at the government's day-to-day operations in the war on terror." MICHIKO KAKUTANI
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ****