Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone
Objective Troy is a review of the history of the drone, their use by President Obama, and the rise and fall of Anwar al-Awlaki, the first American targeted and killed by a drone. It explores the maturation of Obama's thought process, from his campaign promises to the real world problems of protecting the American public. It also delves deeply into al-Awlaki's history, covering him from a typical American youth to a hate spewing terrorist. Another, really thought provoking theme throughout the book is the question of the legality of the use of drones. And the question of the deliberate targeting of an American citizen in the camp of the enemy.
Shane handles the subjects very thoughtfully. He covers all sides of the arguments fairly and thoroughly. I found myself leaning for the use of drones, then against their use, and back and forth several times. In the end, I don't really know where I stand on the use of drones, but I do know that this book gave me much to think about in the future to resolve the issue in my head. And that is what makes this book so good. It is a rare book that doesn't have an author who tries to get you to take his point of view. Shane manages to not do this very well. It was a very thought provoking book. Great job!