Allen Lane

Torture Team

Deception, Cruelty and the Compromise of Law

Philippe Sands

The chilling story of the abuse of power in the Bush Administration

What happens when lawyers do the bidding of politicians? In the style of the best investigative journalism, international lawyer Philippe Sands uncovers the story behind the human-rights abuses sanctioned by the highest individuals in the Bush Administration and the terrible consequences of their actions. Who were the lawyers, military personnel and politicians who constructed the policy and provided the rationale for the one-page memorandum signed by Donald Rumsfeld on 2 December 2002 authorizing interrogation techniques forbidden under the Geneva Convention?

Torture Team traces the origins of the memorandum through interviews with the key figures speaking out for the first time. This is a chilling and compelling story of men and women corrupted by power and the few who bravely stood out against them.

Praise for Lawless World:

'A frightening image of America self-exempted from the delicate fabric of international law on which human survival rests' Noam Chomsky

'Devastating . . . a shaming and convincing critique' Observer

Philippe Sands, QC, has been Professor of Law at University College London since 2002 and has taught at Boston College School of Law, Cambridge University and New York University Law School. He is also a practising barrister at Matrix Chambers and has been involved in leading cases before English and international courts, including those concerning Senator Augusto Pinochet and the Guantanamo and Belmarsh detainees. His previous book was the internationally acclaimed Lawless World: Making and Breaking Global Rules (Allen Lane 2005).


Pub Date: May, 2008
ISBN: 9781846140082
Price: £20.00
Format: 153 x 234mm hb
Extent: 336pp
Territory: 1BCKZ
US rights: Rogers Coleridge & White
Translation Rights: Rogers Coleridge & White
Film Rights: Rogers Coleridge & White
Serial Rights: Penguin UK

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