Stewart Baker's book, Skating on Stilts, is a behind-the-scenes story about how the federal government has tried to strike a delicate balance between security and liberty. This is no dry academic treatise. Baker's prose is by turns artful and provocative. He pulls no punches in his assessment of homeland security, his critics, and of his own role in the events leading up to and following the September 11 attacks. Few people have experienced this period in American history as closely as Baker, and his memoir is thoughtful and often riveting.
-- Shane Harris, author of The Watchers