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Necessary Secrets

National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

Gabriel Schoenfeld (Author)


“Essential reading for anyone seriously interested in national security and freedom of the press.”—Leonard Downie Jr., Washington Post

Gabriel Schoenfeld “brilliantly illuminates” (Wall Street Journal) a growing rift between a press that sees itself as the heroic force promoting the public’s “right to know” and a government that needs to safeguard information vital to the effective conduct of foreign policy. A masterful contribution to the enduring challenge of interpreting the First Amendment, Necessary Secrets offers a gripping account of how our national security, now and across the American past, has been compromised by disclosure of classified information.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • May 2011
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33993-2
  • 5.5 × 8.2 in / 309 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Accurately titled, well documented, and persuasive.” — Hayden B. Peake, CIA, The Intelligence Officer's Bookshelf

“A subtle and instructive brief. . . . Scrupulously honest.” — Alan M. Dershowitz, The New York Times Book Review

“The weight of his book's scholarship, the timeliness of its publication and the audacity of its argument make it essential reading for anyone seriously interested in national security and freedom of the press in these testing times.” — Leonard Downie Jr., Washington Post

“Illuminating, extremely intelligent, learned, engaging, and important. This is a truly great book.... centrally relevant to manifold national-security debates today.” — Jack Goldsmith, author of The Terror Presidency

“A serious work for a serious issue. Schoenfeld illuminates the complex history and the even more complicated present of America's struggle to balance security and free expression.” — General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the NSA and CIA

“Starred Review. An intellectually muscular argument that chisels away at some cherished myths. . . . A timely, sure-to-be-controversial take on a problem that has no easy resolution.” — Kirkus Reviews

“[A] provocative consideration of the conflict between the need for government secrecy and the role of a free press....succeeds in scrutinizing an issue of vital importance and putting it into a much broader context.” — Publishers Weekly

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