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State of Denial

Bush at War, Part III

by Bob Woodward

State of Denial
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  • First Published:
    Sep 2006, 576 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2007, 576 pages

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What happened after the invasion of Iraq? Why? How does Bush make decisions and manage a war that he chose to define his presidency? And is there an achievable plan for victory?

Bob Woodward's latest book on the Bush administration (following Bush at War, 2002; and Plan of Attack, 2004) doesn't pick up where Plan of Attack left off but instead sweeps back to offer an overview of the Presidential life and times of George W. Bush, from the days when he first thought seriously about running for President, through the recruitment of his national security team, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and his second term as President. As such, State of Denial is not the third part of a trilogy, as it's being billed by the publisher, but an authoritative standalone account of the road Bush and his White House cohorts have traveled to get to this point.

The media reviews for State of Denial are mixed. While most praise the book itself, a number of reviewers comment on the considerable delta between Woodward's depiction of Bush in his first two books...

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A short history of Iraq, attached to the review of The End of Iraq by Peter W Galbraith
The sidebar to Blood Brothers by Michael Weisskopf with details of the coalition and civilian body count in Iraq to date.

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