Barack Obama promised change from George W. Bush´s global war on terrorism. But the Obama administration used drones to kill suspected militants and vacuumed data on Americans´ phone calls. Obama criticized Bush´s unilateralism and secrecy, but launched wars without going to Congress and presided over an unprecedented crackdown on leaks.
With extensive reporting, Savage explores how and why Obama and his legal team--an elite, liberal group who vowed to restore the rule of law--end up accused of entrenching the sweeping powers of the post-9/11 security state. If legitimate, the accusation stands to change the legacy of Obama´s entire presidency.