New York Times columnist Frank Rich delivers a step-by-step chronicle of how skillfully the White House built its house of cards and how the institutions that should have exposed these fictions, the mainstream news media, were too often left powerless by the administration's relentless attack machine, their own post-9/11 timidity, and an unending parade of self-inflicted scandals (typified by those at The New York Times). Demonstrating the candor and conviction that have made him one of our most trusted and incisive public voices, Rich brilliantly and meticulously illuminates the White House's disturbing love affair with "truthiness," and the ways in which a bungled war, a seemingly obscure Washington leak, and a devastating hurricane at long last revealed the man-behind-the-curtain and the story that had so effectively been sold to the nation, as god-given patriotic fact.
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"Starred review. The result is a caustic, hard-hitting indictment of the Bush administration, timed to make a splash in the upcoming election campaign." - PW.
"Though the administration may be remembered as the worst in American history, the people seem mostly silent. One wishes that Rich had explored that particular mentality along with the others he so fluently discusses." - Kirkus.
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