By William M. Arkin
A gorgeous exploration of the delicate erosion of freedom in an age of concocted worry and de facto army authority.
When we predict of an army coup, the 1st photograph that involves brain is a common, status at a podium with a flag at the back of him, pointing out the deposing of elected leaders and the establishment of martial law.
In AMERICAN COUP, William Arkin finds the desk-bound takeover of the top reaches of presidency via a coterie of "grey men" of the nationwide safeguard institution. working among the strains of the structure this robust and unelected workforce fights to avoid wasting the kingdom from "terror" and guns of mass destruction whereas while editing and undermining the very essence of the rustic. Many books are written approximately secrecy, surveillance, and govt law-breaking; none so powerfully reveal the reality of way of life during this country of struggle.
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American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution by William M. Arkin