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Author Weisman, Alan.

Title Prince of darkness, Richard Perle : the kingdom, the power and the end of empire in America / Alan Weisman.

Imprint New York : Union Square Press, c2007.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  363.32 P421Bw 2007    ---  Available
Description 291 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 275-278) and index.
Contents The Imp of the perverse -- The sorcerer's apprentice -- Exile on Main Street -- Revolution -- At the summit -- Citizen Perle (1) -- Perle and the Jews -- The Bayeaux tapestry -- Citizen Perle (2) -- Band on the run -- Far and away.
Summary At nearly every pivotal moment in international politics over the past twenty-five years--from the Reagan-Gorbachev summits, to the Iran-Contra scandal, to the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the decision to go to war in Iraq--if you dug deeply you would find a figure just behind the scenes influencing the action: that of Richard Perle. Largely eschewing senior cabinet appointments and other high-profile roles, the passionate, zealous Perle has been content to operate quietly--behavior which earned him the moniker of The Prince of Darkness. Nevertheless, his influence in Washington has helped to fuel an international disaster in Iraq and the growth of anti-Americanism worldwide. Alan Weisman, a former producer for 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, and the CBS Evening News, is now shining a light on this major political figure. While Perle has not authorized this biography, he has submitted to interviews with Weisman, encouraged his friends to do so, and provided non-classified material. Such access has granted Weisman a deep and critical insight into Perle's methods and mindset. Weisman explores how Perle derailed a nuclear arms agreement between the U.S. and the then Soviet Union; his controversial business dealings; Perle's tenure as Chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board during the present Bush Administration; and his role leading up to the Iraqi War, including his dealings with Iraqi exiles like Ahmed Chalabi. From the collapse of the Soviet Union to the current saber-rattling over Iran, Syria, and North Korea, Perle has put his stamp on almost every decisive event in international politics. This is an insightful and incisive study of the highest quality, and one that everyone--not just policy experts--should read.--Publisher description.
Subject Perle, Richard Norman, 1941-
Perle, Richard Norman, 1941- -- Influence.
Perle, Richard Norman, 1941- -- Political and social views.
Political consultants -- United States -- Biography.
United States. Department of Defense -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Elite (Social sciences) -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1989-
Jews -- United States -- Politics and government.
ISBN 9781402752308

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