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Necessary Secrets

National Security, the Media, and the Rule of Law

Gabriel Schoenfeld (Author)

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"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 / 320 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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, New York Times Book Review

“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

“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, starred review

“[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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