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Washington, DC: Brassey's, Inc., 2004. First Edition. Second Printing. Hardcover. xxi, , 309,  pages. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. The author is a senior U.S. intelligence official. The book is a scathing critique of the Bush administration's policies since 9/11. Michael F. Scheuer (born 1952) is an American former intelligence officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, author, commentator and former adjunct professor at Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies. One assignment during his 22-year career was serving as Chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station (the Osama bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorism Center, known as "Alec Station") from 1996 to 1999. He also served as Special Advisor to the Chief of Alec Station from September 2001 to November 2004. Scheuer became a public figure after being outed as the author of the book Imperial Hubris, in which he criticized many of the United States' assumptions about Islamist insurgencies and particularly Osama bin Laden. Later in 2004, Scheuer resigned from the CIA. Scheuer depicted bin Laden as a rational actor who was fighting to weaken the United States by weakening its economy, rather than merely killing Americans. Scheuer challenges the assumption that terrorism is the threat facing the United States in the modern era, arguing rather that Islamist insurgency is the core of the conflict between the U.S. and Islamist forces, who in places such as Kashmir and Chechnya are "struggling not just for independence but against institutionalized barbarism." bin Laden acknowledged the book in a 2007 statement, suggesting that it revealed "the reasons for your losing the war against us"
Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1976. First Edition [stated], presumed first printing. Hardcover. 24 cm. x, 356,  pages. Notes on sources. Index. DJ somewhat scuffed and edges worn. Small tears and chips. DJ has wear, soiling, tears and chips. Inscribed and signed by the author on the dedication page; inscription reads: To J. Eugene Marans, With very best wishes, George W. Ball, September 7, 1976. Marans was involved in the representation of the International Development Banks and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. George Wildman Ball (December 21, 1909 – May 26, 1994) was an American diplomat and banker. During 1944 and 1945, he was director of the Strategic Bombing Survey in London. He served in the management of the State Department from 1961 to 1966 and is remembered as a major dissenter against the escalation of the Vietnam War. He refused to publicize his doubts. He also helped determine American policy regarding trade expansion, Congo, the Multilateral Force, de Gaulle's France, Israel and the Middle East, and the Iranian revolution.