The Secrets Series

Secrets of 24
The Unauthorized Guide to the Political & Moral
Issues Behind TV's Most Riveting Drama
Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer


Dan Burstein

CHAPTER 1: 24: The Cultural By-Product of the War on Terrorism

Whatever It Takes: The Politics of the Man Behind 24 by Jane Mayer, the New Yorker

Confessions of a Serial Viewer: Forget the Time, Agent Bauer. What Year Is It? by Charles McGrath, the New York Times

Full-Voltage Shocks: The 24 Addiction by Dorothy Rabinowitz, the Wall Street Journal

Down with Torture! Gimme Torture! by Sarah Vowell, blogger and contributor to This American Life

CHAPTER 2: Jack Bauer, Hero for Our Times

Rush Hour by John Leonard, New York magazine

Dante, Daniel Boone, Gary Cooper, and . . .Jack Bauer by Rick Moran, blogger, The American Thinker

King of Pain: The Political Theology of 24 by Jerome E. Copulsky, Goucher College

Jack, Our Savior? by Deirdre Good, General Theological Seminary

In the '24' World, Family Is the Main Casualty by Ginia Bellafante, the New York Times

Jack Bauer, Meet James Bond by Paul Berger, blogger, Englishman in New York

Kiefer Sutherland: Born to Play Jack Bauer by Laura Jackson, author, Kiefer Sutherland

From Jack Ryan to Jack Bauer - An interview with Tom Clancy, best-selling author

CHAPTER 3: On the Set of 24

Kiefer on Kiefer - An interview with actor Kiefer Sutherland

24 As Imagination, Politics, Ideology, and Television - An interview with producer Joel Surnow and the Writers of 24

I Choose All of My Roles with a Pair of Tweezers - An interview with actor Shohreh Aghdashloo

Ahmed Speaks: Actor Kal Penn Talks about Racial Profiling and 24 - An interview with actor Kal Penn

CTU Director Bill Buchanan Speaks Out - An interview with actor James Morrison

Dennis Haysbert on President Palmer: "They Killed Me for the Sake of the Ratings" by Stephen Applebaum, the Independent (UK)

CHAPTER 4: 24 and the Politics of Culture

We Need Chloe! by Maureen Dowd, the New York Times

24 and the American Tradition of Vigilantism by Tricia Rose, Brown University

Jonesing for More '24' by Judith Warner, the New York Times

24 and the Political/Cultural Zeitgeist by Frank Rich, the New York Times

24 As Viewed from the Other Side of the Pacific by Jing Guan & Ben Liaw, China watchers

24 and the Fog of Politics: Is Hollywood Driving Public Policy?

What Would Jack Bauer Do? by Colin Freeze, Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada)

The GOP's Torture Enthusiasts by Rosa Brooks, Georgetown University Law Center

Memo to the Candidates: 24 Is Just a TV Show; Don't Mimic by Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune

24 and America's Image in Fighting Terrorism by A Heritage Foundation Panel featuring Rush Limbaugh, James Carafano, David Heyman, Joel Surnow, Robert Cochran, and Howard Gordon

CHAPTER 5: How Well Does 24 Reflect the Real World?

Reflections on 24 and the "Real" World by Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security

The Threats Portrayed on 24 Are Realistic - An interview with R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

I Sleep Well At Night - An interview with William S. Sessions, former Director of the FBI

Focus on the Real Threat (It's Not on TV) - An interview with Seymour Hersh, the New Yorker

24's Unreality Quotient: Real-World Intelligence Services Fall Woefully Short - An interview with Amy Zegart, UCLA

Shadow Hunters by Shane Harris, journalist

CHAPTER 6: At the Crossroads of Urgency & Ethics

Jack Bauer's Dilemmas?and Ours: Watching 24 As a Primer on Moral Philosophy by Brian Carney, the Wall Street Journal

An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq - An interview with Tony Lagouranis, former U.S. Army interrogator

24, Or, Himmler in Hollywood by Slavoj ?i?ek, philospher and cultural critic

Is Torture Ever Morally Defensible? - An interview with Mark Bowden, Atlantic Monthly

Torture in Prime Time: Getting It Right by David Danzig, Human Rights First

CHAPTER 7: Next Threat: The Battles in Jack Bauer's Future

Brave New War: The Next Stage of Terrorism by John Robb, systems thinker

Why the Department of Homeland Security Should Be Dismantled - An interview with Alvin Toffler, futurist

24's Suitcase Nuke Scenario: A Real-World Worry - An interview with Laura Holgate, Nuclear Threat Initiative

The Technology of 24: Real and Imagined, Fiction and Nonfiction by David Shugarts, journalist

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