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Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars

(Terrorism and Global Justice)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Less than a month after the September 11th attacks, a tiny, CIA-controlled Predator drone flew over Kandahar, searching out the home of the Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar. A lack of understanding of the drone's capabilities combined with a messy chain of command allowed Omar to escape, but the strike on a nearby convoy vehicle became the Predator's first le ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 13th 2015 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 1st 2015)
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Jerome
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
A balanced and broad history of the political, legal and technological development of drone warfare. In an evenhanded manner Woods traces the use of armed drones from the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to their use by conventional forces in Iraq and Afghanistan (where drones have actually had the most impact, according to Woods), and their use by the CIA and JSOC in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia (which, of course, received more attention and bore all of the controversy) Although solid, reliable data ...more
Jackie Debs
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Even though I consider myself pretty well versed on such subjects, this still had a lot of details, facts, quotes and historical tidbits which were new and interesting to me.

That being said, I was baffled that no time was dedicated to outlining the role UAV surveillance played in the raid on Osama bin ladens compound. I was expecting that chapter at any moment right up until the book ended. Seems like a glaring omission
Joseph Spuckler
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
George W. Bush had gone to war in September 2001 to avenge the deaths of almost 3,000 civilians. Yet in the resulting battles, some 18,000 more civilians had been credibly reported killed by US, and allied forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and covert drone wars.

Sudden Justice: America's Secret Drone Wars by Christopher Woods is an examination of America's use of drones in fighting its enemies. Woods is an investigative journalist who specializes in conflict and national security issues. A former seni
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Melek
Jun 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I, like many others, I suppose, had no idea about the role of drones in warfare until recently. So, you could guess how surprised I am when I found out that they had a history going back to... I don't remember when, because this book is a bit too badly written to remember or check and find a thing.

Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. I did. It was as cool as the blurb made it sound like, it's obvious that everything in this book was researched like you can't believe, and the writing is gripping
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A compelling but not well-written book. Puts a human dimension on the business of drone warfare. For that it is good.
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