The Resource Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power, Malcolm Byrne ; foreword by Bruce Riedel, (electronic resource)

Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power, Malcolm Byrne ; foreword by Bruce Riedel, (electronic resource)

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Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power
Title
Iran-Contra
Title remainder
Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power
Statement of responsibility
Malcolm Byrne ; foreword by Bruce Riedel
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "Everything began to unravel on October 5, 1986, when a Nicaraguan soldier downed an American plane carrying arms to 'Contra' guerrillas, exposing a tightly held U.S. clandestine program. A month later, reports surfaced that Washington had been covertly selling arms to Iran (our sworn enemy and a state sponsor of terrorism), in exchange for help freeing hostages in Beirut. The profits, it turned out, were going to support the Contras, despite an explicit ban by Congress. In the firestorm that erupted, shocking details emerged, raising the prospect of impeachment, and the American public confronted a scandal as momentous as it was confusing. At its center was President Ronald Reagan amid a swirl of questions about illegal wars, consorting with terrorists, and the abuse of presidential power. Yet, despite the enormity of the issues, the affair dropped from the public radar due to media overkill, years of legal wrangling, and a vigorous campaign to forestall another Watergate. As a result, many Americans failed to grasp the scandal's full import. Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne revisits this largely forgotten and misrepresented episode. Placing the events in their historical and political context (notably the Cold War and a sharp partisan domestic divide), he explores what made the affair possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded--including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Iran-Contra demonstrates that, far from being a 'junta' against the president, the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the very top of the U.S. government. Byrne reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior--including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others--that formed the true core of the scandal. Given the lack of meaningful consequences for those involved, the volume raises critical questions about the ability of our current system of checks and balances to address presidential abuses of power, and about the possibility of similar outbreaks in the future"--
  • "The most complete, accurate, and up-to-date account of two secret but illicit operations approved by President Ronald Reagan, the firestorm of controversy caused by their exposure to public view, the administration's attempts to cover-up the trail of evidence that led to the White House, and the debate over the scandal's import for the nation, the presidency, and American democracy"--
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Byrne, Malcolm
Index
index present
LC call number
E876
LC item number
.B97 2014
Literary form
non fiction
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  • dictionaries
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  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Reagan, Ronald
  • Iran-Contra Affair (1985-1990)
  • Political corruption
  • Executive power
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Scandals
  • Iran-Contra Affair, 1985-1990
  • United States
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • HISTORY
  • Executive power
  • Political corruption
  • Politics and government
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Scandals
  • United States
  • HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
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Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power, Malcolm Byrne ; foreword by Bruce Riedel, (electronic resource)
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Publication
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Bruce Riedel -- Preface: Settings for the Scandal -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Raising the Contras -- 2. Coping with Iran -- 3. Taking Over the Covert War -- 4. TOW Missiles to Tehran -- 5. Quid pro Quos -- 6. HAWKS -- 7. Tightening the Reins on the Contras -- 8. A Neat Idea -- 9. Air Contra -- 10. Road to Tehran -- 11. Meltdown -- 12. Blowback -- 13. The Early Cover-Up -- 14. Congress Steps In -- 15. The Independent Counsel
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9780700620364
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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not applicable
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not applicable
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remote
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22573/ctt1qmh0gn
System control number
  • (OCoLC)896803272
  • (OCoLC)ocn896803272
Label
Iran-Contra : Reagan's scandal and the unchecked abuse of presidential power, Malcolm Byrne ; foreword by Bruce Riedel, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / by Bruce Riedel -- Preface: Settings for the Scandal -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Raising the Contras -- 2. Coping with Iran -- 3. Taking Over the Covert War -- 4. TOW Missiles to Tehran -- 5. Quid pro Quos -- 6. HAWKS -- 7. Tightening the Reins on the Contras -- 8. A Neat Idea -- 9. Air Contra -- 10. Road to Tehran -- 11. Meltdown -- 12. Blowback -- 13. The Early Cover-Up -- 14. Congress Steps In -- 15. The Independent Counsel
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780700620364
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
22573/ctt1qmh0gn
System control number
  • (OCoLC)896803272
  • (OCoLC)ocn896803272

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