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This is 1st in a trilogy of books on this entire conflict written by Woodward, the others being "Plan of Attack", and "State of Denial". Unfortunately, I read the 2nd before this. For that reason, I didn't find the information in this book particularly new, short of more insight on the CIA and Afghanistan isssue. It did reinforce my opinion that Colin Powell was used, largely ignored, and then discarded.
Bottom Line: The CIA won the war in Afghanistan, and since then the Defense Department has worked hard to lose it. This book and Woodward's second make Bush seem decisive, but his third book makes me wonder if Woodstward was just star-struck and snowed while writing the first two.
One could learn a lot from this book. It was very detailed, clear, and seemingly factual. It was interesting to learn about how things happened behind the scenes. I found it quite boring though since history, politics, and war are things I generaly do not find very interesting. For me it was like listening to a good teacher in a class that I just wasn't inherently interested in. I would have found it more interesting if it went a little deeper into the minds, opinions, and thoughts of key persons instead of just stating what was said and done at what meeting.
Excellent book ! Makes you feel like your right in the war cabinet.
"Bob Woodward is an assistant managing editor of The Washington Post. He has authored or co-authored eight national bestsellers: All the President's Men and The Final Days with Carl Bernstein, The Brethren with Scott Armstrong, Wired, Veil, The Commanders, The Agenda and The Choice. Woodward lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Elsa Walsh, a writer for The New Yorker."