A Pretext for War : 9/11, Iraq, and the Abuse of America's Intelligence Agencies

Version: Abridged
Author: James Bamford
Narrator: Ray Childs
Genres: History, Politics
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: June 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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The bestselling author of "Body of Secrets and "The Puzzle Palace presents his most hard-hitting book to date--a sweeping, authoritative, and fearless account of the failures of America's intelligence agencies and the Bush administration's calculated efforts to sell a war to the American people.
In "The Puzzle Palace, James Bamford revealed the existence of the NSA, the largest, most secretive, and best-financed intelligence organization in the world. In "Body of Secrets, he took readers inside the ultrasecret agency, charting its deeds and misdeeds from its founding in 1952 to the end of the twentieth century. Now Bamford applies his relentless investigative drive and unparalleled access to intelligence sources to produce a headline-making book about the most pressing issues of the present day.
From the mishandling of the pre-9/11 threat to the unproven claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, Bamford argues that the Bush administration has co-opted the intelligence community for its own political ends, and at the expense of American security. Bamford makes the case that the Bush administration's Middle East policy decisions, from overthrowing Saddam to ignoring the situation of the Palestinians, are driven by long-held beliefs and goals of an elite group of conservatives inside and outside of government.
A Pretext for War homes in on the systematic weakness that led the intelligence community to ignore or misinterpret evidence of the impending terrorist attacks of 9/11--a failure rooted in the refusal to acknowledge the central role of the Palestinian cause in igniting Arab rage against the United States. Compounding the errors, the Bush administration's"immediate response to 9/11 was to call for an attack on Iraq, and it subsequently invented justifications for the preemptive war that has ultimately left the United States more vulnerable to terrorism.
A Pretext for War is an unprecedented, utterly convincing expose of the most secretive administration in history.

Reviews (1)

Pretext for War

Written by Yvonne Schuman on December 8th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This is a book of mostly views not facts, of the events before, during and atfer Sept. 11, 2001. The overall view of this book is from the far left!! No doubt Mr. Bamford kept my interest but the Bush bashing at times were unnessary!

Author Details

Author Details

Bamford, James

James Bamford has been a professional in the information technology industry since 1978. Mr. Bamford's exposure to CRM began in 1998. He has managed multiple projects and engagements using several CRM products throughout the past nine years. James has been certified as a PMP from PMI, and has over fourteen years of project management consulting experience with IBM, Cap Gemini America, Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Siebel Systems, Rapidigm, and his current employer. His project management experience covers multiple industries such as Public Sector, Insurance, Manufacturing, Transportation, Financial,