Mark Danner

Mark Danner is Chancellor’s Professor of English and Journalism at the University of California at ­Berkeley and James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard. His forthcoming book is Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War. His writing and other work can be found at

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    Ségur’s eye-witness account of what remains one of the greatest military disasters of all time is a masterpiece of military history and was an essential source for Tolstoy’s War and Peace. It is also a reminder of the risks of imperial hubris.

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    The Secret Way To War

    An award-winning investigative journalist evaluates the controversial American and British stratagem for the Iraq war.

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    Torture and Truth

    Read together, these memos and reports should make us confront, as a democratic society, the urgent questions that Mark Danner poses in this book, and that remain unanswered: Does fighting a “new kind of war” on terror justify torture? Who will we hold responsible for deciding to pursue such a policy, and what will be the moral and political costs to the country?