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Based on exhaustive research and remarkable
access to the White House, including two sessions with President Bush
and more than 75 interviews with administration officials, veteran Washington
Post assistant managing editor Woodward delivers an engrossing blow-by-blow
of the run-up to war in Iraq. In November 2001, just months after September
11, Woodward reports, Bush pulled aside defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld
and asked him to secretly begin updating war plans for Iraq. Sixteen
months later, in March 2003, after an intense war-planning effort, a
tense political fight at home and a carefully crafted "if-you-dont-we-will"
diplomatic strategy with the U.N., the American invasion began. Woodward
has penned a forceful, often disturbing narrative that captures the
deep personality and policy clashes within the Bush administration.
Bush, along with Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Karl Rove and Paul Wolfowitz,
are portrayed as believing in a sweeping mission to export democracy
and to have America be viewed as strong and willing to walk the walk.
They are counterbalanced by Colin Powell, who emerges here as a reluctant
warrior, a pragmatic voiceeventually mutedcautioning the
president against a rush to war. The most stunning aspect of the story,
however, is the glaring intelligence failure of George Tenets
CIA, from bad WMD information to what Woodward reports as the outright
manipulation of questionable intelligence to make the case for war.
With this book, Woodward, the author of an astonishing nine number-one
bestsellers, has delivered his most important and impressive work in
years. Ultimately, this first-class work of contemporary history will
be remembered for shedding needed light on the Iraq War, whatever its
final outcome. continua >>>>>