Plan of Attack

Version: Abridged
Author: Bob Woodward
Narrator: Boyd Gaines
Genres: Politics
Publisher: Audioworks
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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"Plan of Attack" is the definitive account of how and why President George W. Bush, his war council, and allies launched a preemptive attack to topple Saddam Hussein and occupy Iraq. Bob Woodward's latest landmark account of Washington decision making provides an original, authoritative narrative of behind-the-scenes maneuvering, examining the causes and consequences of the most controversial war since Vietnam.

Based on interviews with 75 key participants and more than three-and-a half hours of exclusive interviews with President Bush, "Plan of Attack" is part presidential history charting the decisions made during 16 critical months; part military history; and part a harrowing spy story as the CIA dispatches a covert paramilitary team into northern Iraq six months before the start of the war.

What emerges are astonishingly intimate portraits: President Bush in war cabinet meetings and in private conversation; Dick Cheney, the focused and driven vice president; Colin Powell, the conflicted and cautious secretary of state; Donald Rumsfeld, the controlling war technocrat; George Tenet, the activist CIA director; Tommy Franks, the profane and demanding general; Condoleezza Rice, the ever-present referee and national security adviser; Karl Rove, the hands-on political strategist; other key members of the White House staff and congressional leadership; and foreign leaders ranging from British Prime Minister Blair to Russian President Putin.

"Plan of Attack" provides new details on the intelligence assessments of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction and the planning for the war's aftermath.

Reviews (6)

Out of Date

Written by Anonymous from Woodstock, GA on March 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

With what's been disclosed about the Administration's mechaniations to sell the Iraq war, it's pretty clear that Woodward had the wool pulled over his eyes when interviewing Rumsfeld, Bush, et al for this book.

Plan of Attack

Written by Andy from San Diego, CA on November 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

[abridged] A must-read if you want to learn how President Bush got us into an unnecessary war. Woodward does a great job of providing insights into the thinking of Bush's inner circle. Woodward clearly shows how neo-conservatives developed momentum for removing Saddam Hussein from power without much concern for the consequences of war or the need for valid justification to attack. This war seemed to Bush to be almost too easy! So who not attack? After all, he is the war president.

Plan On This Holding Your Attention

Written by Mandi Chestler on October 11th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Bob Woodward is a master at telling the facts in a way that makes you feel like you're right there in the room with all the players. Whether you like the Bush Bunch or not, you feel like you know the guys by the end of this audio recording.

Plan of Attack

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on August 15th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

A good read, though I can't help feeling that this book was attempting to deflect some of Rumsfelds / Bush's part in the entire affair. While there was good information in the book, I can't shake the impression that it was intended to be more of a "feel good" book, attempting to give the reader an impression that these two really didn't want to go to war, and don't deserve to have blood on their hands. No wonder this book is on Bush's reading list recommendations. Propaganda?

Plan of Attack review

Written by Walter Mallon on October 13th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Bob is fair and non-partisan in this book. I enjoyed it.

Plan of attack

Written by Vidhya Vaitheeswaran on October 7th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Inside story of the days leading to the war(Iraq). A must read.

Author Details

Author Details

Woodward, Bob

"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."